After the signings of Toni Kroos and Keylor Navas, the main bits of transfer news from Real Madrid have been about the acquisition of James Rodriguez from AS Monaco.
Rodriguez has mentioned that he would be more than thrilled to join Real Madrid for the coming season, but his club are reluctant to let him leave after just signing him last season.
Apparently a deal of some sorts has been made, and Real Madrid seem more than happy to offer Isco to lower the requested €90 million. Of course these are just merely rumours for now, and Isco's twitter has refuted these claims, but if Perez is hell-bent on getting Rodriguez, then it's just an eventuality.
So what's wrong with this deal, other than the outrageous price tag?
Real Madrid already have plenty of options
Firstly, Madrid currently posses an over abundance of more than capable midfield players: Xabi, Modric, Kroos, Khedira, Di Maria. Any of these players would be starters in another club. Despite Rodriguez's incredible World Cup, it's hard to say that he could displace any of these players. So even if Isco is used as a bargaining chip for James, I'm not sure how he would fit into the squad.
Anyone who watched Real Madrid last season will remember that Isco started off hot, with five goals and an assist in his first six games. And then he disappeared for over a month, didn't produce a single goal or assist, and started from the bench a few times.
Isco still learning
Feeling the pressure getting to him, he was able to play an incredible game in Real's 5-0 thrashing of Almeria, scoring a goal and an assist. Again, in the next five games, Isco scored three and set up another three. Towards the start of 2014 was when Carlo Ancelotti changed Real Madrid's system, going from their original 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3, and Isco was shafted to the bench playing only minor substitute roles for all over January and February.
At that time, Ancelotti was critical of Isco's inability to adapt to a different style, one that forced him to play more deep, behind the forward line rather than the free roaming centre forward role he once commanded. This adjustment took months, and at the end of the season Isco definitely improved.
By that time he was playing full matches and played a substitute role in Real's Champion's League final win over city rivals Atletico Madrid. The point is, Isco did not have a bad a season, and being only 22-years-old, having to adapt to playing at the biggest club in the world, he did fine.
Isco: Star of the future
I strongly believe that Real Madrid have an extremely solid midfield staff, and should be doing everything in their power to hold on to all their midfields (yes Khedira and Di Maria as well). Isco is a star for the future, Spain's brightest young talent, and given his play from last season I can see he has a very bright future ahead of him.
Rodriguez may be more of a goalscorer than Isco, but Real Madrid need more passing experts in their midfield (Isco 89% passing, compared to James at 80%). James Rodriguez is more of a wing player. He doesn't like the inside of the park as can be seen here against Uruguay in the World Cup.
He would be intruding in Cristiano Ronaldo's space. Isco is a more centralized player, receiving the best WhoScored.com ratings when he plays in the central midfield.
It is true that either of them will have a tough time getting playing time, especially since Di Maria's revival into a midfield player, and the signing of Kroos, so why try to fix what isn't broken?
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