Liverpool have made a loan bid for Real Madrid playmaker Isco, according to reports in Spain.
Sky Sports reporter Pete O’Rourke wrote on his Twitter page that the Spanish media reported a temporary offer had come in from the English Premier League side.
The highly-rated 22-year-old was Carlo Ancelotti’s first signing as new Real manager before the 2013/14 campaign, and made a very impressive start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He scored the winner on his debut against Real Betis and finished the campaign with 11 goals in 53 games in all competitions.
Opportunities became limited for Isco though and he slipped down the pecking order behind the likes of Luka Modric, Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso.
With the recent signing of World Cup winner Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, and the imminent arrival of top scorer James Rodriguez from Monaco, he is set to fall even further down the ranks.
Reports close to the player recently suggested that he would remain with the Champions League winners for the 2014/15 season.
The English Premier League runners-up have been monitoring his situation though, and are now looking to make him their fifth acquisition of the summer.
There will be even more competition for places at Anfield, especially with new signings Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic all being players of his position. His quality should see him shoot up the pecking order though in all fairness, as Brendan Rodgers hopes his side will not be too affected by the loss of star man Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Liverpool’s style of play is also more suited to that of Isco and he can provide even more creativity along with the likes of Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.
It was probably the reduced playing time that eventually cost him a place in the final Spanish World Cup squad, having made two appearances for them so far.
Their demise and ageing squad this summer could see fresh players like him introduced and a loan move could well be the best option for him in order to do that.
He has represented his country at every level from U16 upwards and is still eligible for the U21 squad for another year. The playmaker has already scored 10 goals in 17 appearances for them and was instrumental in their Euro 2013 victory last summer.
His senior career began with Valencia in 2009 after progressing through the youth ranks. He featured predominantly in the B team but his performances alerted Malaga, and Manuel Pellegrini signed him prior to the 2011/12 season.
He helped them qualify for the Champions League for the first time and scored twice in their debut match in the competition. These displays earned him the Golden Boy award and he continued to impress for Los Boquerones, before Real came calling and snapped him up for around £24 million in 2013.