Jose Mourinho scouted Real Madrid's Isco in Ukraine

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Jose Mourinho was not exactly going covert during his recent trip to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. According to those present, the Chelsea boss was staying in the same hotel as most of the Spanish media, who, of course, grew familiar with him during his tenure at Real Madrid.

Why he had flown to the furthest reaches of Europe for this Euro 2016 qualification was anyone's guess, but many had settled for the presence of three Blues stars–Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro–in Vicente del Bosque's plans.

It was also noted that Chelsea will travel to the same city to take on Dynamo Kiev in their third Champions League group game next week. As one of Ukraine's biggest clubs, the national side contained no fewer than seven Dynamo players.


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However, AS–as conveyed by talkSPORT–believe Mourinho had his eyes on a player who didn't play for either Chelsea or Dynamo Kiev.

Yes, the star supposedly catching his eye, and, therefore, the reason for his presence inside the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, was Real Madrid star Isco.

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Set to leave the Bernabeu?

The creative midfielder has struggled to make an impact since arriving from Malaga in 2013 but has so far been utilised by new manager Rafa Benitez. Indeed, Isco has started six of Real Madrid's nine La Liga games and both Champions League ties this season.

Chelsea are one of many Premier League clubs who have been tracking Isco with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini still keen to bring his former prodigy to the Etihad. The Chilean originally helped Isco break through whilst in charge of Malaga.

London calling

But a move to trendy London town may suit the stylish Isco more than murky Manchester. Of course, Isco has already turned down the chance to join Pellegrini at City once before.

With the likes of Fabregas and Oscar already in his ranks, Mourinho may have to do some serious shuffling to accommodate the young Spaniard, however. 

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