Real Madrid have decided to offload talented 22-year old midfielder Isco, in order to provide further liquidity to the club in their endeavour to finally land their marquee signing of the summer, Goal reports.
Carlo Ancelotti made Isco his first signing at Real Madrid when he signed the Spanish international from Malaga for €30 million last season, and despite beginning life at the Bernabeu in top form, the midfielder spent much of his first season playing second fiddle to the wealth of attacking resources at the disposal of the Real Madrid manager.
Isco first caught the eye during a successful season for Malaga in 2012, when he masterminded the Costa del Sol side into the quarter-finals of the Champions League from midfield, however after just one season at the Bernabeu, the play-maker looks set to be sacrificed, as the club press forward in their bid to land their regular marquee signing, James Rodriguez.
Reports coming out of Spain are suggesting that Los Blancos and the Colombian superstar have agreed personal terms which leaves the simple matter of raising the required €85 million valuation put on the head of the player, by Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.
The Madrid giants have already sold Alvaro Morata to Juventus for €22 million, and are set to offload Angel Di Maria to either PSG or Manchester United for €60 million.
German World Cup winner Sami Khedira also expected to join Arsenal for around €28 million however recent reports coming out of Madrid suggest that the club want to keep Khedira following his super World Cup exploits, however the player has failed to renew his contract which expires next summer, giving the club no option but to sell.
Khedira could still be convinced into re-signing following the arrival of Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, which will leave Isco completely out in the cold.
Liverpool or City
Isco is a superb talent that operates just behind the frontline of attack and the news of his availability will get Brendan Rodgers digging around in his pockets for some of that £70 million he has spare following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Plenty of skills Isco
Manuel Pellegrini will also be alerted to the news of his former player while he was at the helm of Malaga, and you can bet he would love to have him pulling the strings alongside David Silva, however due to the financial fair-play laws, City would only be able to take the him on loan.
This leaves Liverpool in pole position for now although I would have thought a few more clubs will show interest as the news filters around.