Juventus have reportedly lodged an enquiry with Real Madrid over the potential availability of out-of-favour playmaker Isco ahead of the winter transfer window.
According to a report from Defensa Central, Real Madrid star Isco has emerged as a transfer target for Serie A giants Juventus, who have asked the Spanish outfit about the midfielder’s current situation.
Isco arrived at Real Madrid from fellow Spanish club Malaga in 2013. Widely regarded as one of the finest young playmakers at the time, the Spaniard enjoyed a good run in the side under Carlo Ancelotti during the Italian’s first stint as the manager of the Merengues. He continued to play a key role in the early parts of Zinedine Zidane’s tenure, but things have gone pear-shaped for him over the past three years or so.
Isco has become a peripheral figure at the Santiago Bernabeu, relegated to appearances in cup ties or cameos in the league games. Indeed, the 29-year-old has featured just six times in the current season under Ancelotti, totalling up to only 166 minutes of on-field action. Speculations about his future have been buzzing around with the situation being as it is and his contract running out at the end of the season.
Isco has been linked with a potential January move to various clubs in Europe, with Juventus now the latest team emerging in the pursuit of the 2012 Golden Boy Award winner.
The Bianconeri have made a rough start to the season in Massimiliano Allegri’s second spell as the manager. Federico Chiesa and Paulo Dybala have had to carry the burden of chance-creation for the team, with little creative output coming from their midfield unit. That is something that Allegri is looking to address in the winter, with Isco emerging as a possible target.
The 29-year-old, who has also been linked with a move to Leicester City, can prove to be a handy addition to the Juventus outfit with his volumes of experience at the highest level and winning mentality. Moreover, considering his contract runs out in a little over six months, he could be available for a bargain price in the winter transfer window.
Real Madrid, for their part, would be open to a sale in January as they can rake some cash in from the sale. What now remains to be seen is if Juventus will turn their enquiry into a formal offer for the 29-year-old Spanish international in the coming weeks.