Real Madrid have signed one of the most coveted youngsters on the continent in Malaga midfielder Isco.
The 21-year-old Malaga playmaker has been a target of Manchester City in recent weeks, according to reports, but the youngster on Thursday elected to remain in La Liga, sealing a switch to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have been under intense pressure in the Spanish capital to make wholesale changes in personnel following a disappointing season under Jose Mourinho.
The returning Chelsea boss had become an unpopular figure in Spain and has now been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, formerly of Paris Saint-Germain. With their archrivals and Spanish champions Barcelona signing one of the best and most sought-after players in the world in Neymar, Ancelotti will be under intense pressure to bring in some of the world’s best himself.
Los Blancos fans stated in a poll that their number one transfer target was Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale and the club’s president Florentino Perez and sporting director Zinadine Zidane have been talking up the possibility of luring the Welshman to the Bernabeu this summer.
Tottenham have remained adamant that Bale will not be sold this summer but with Real Madrid stating they would be willing to break the world record transfer fee to sign him, Spurs’ resolve looked sure to be tested on the matter.
Isco’s signing, however, is very very good news for Tottenham – it some of the pressure off Ancelotti to sign Bale, for starters and with Bale having recently been deployed as an attacking midfielder or playmaker as well as a left winger, Isco’s arrival would make their requirement for Bale less significant.
They already have Cristiano Ronaldo and the likes of Angel Di Maria and former Spurs playmaker Luka Modric – with Isco joining the ranks Bale would be a luxury purchase rather than a necessity to Real Madrid. Isco’s signing means they don’t really need Gareth Bale.
I’m sure they still want him, of course but Isco’s signing could also be an indication that Real Madrid are resigned to Tottenham keeping Bale for this season at least. Perhaps they have already tried to negotiate with Spurs and the club have told them where to go – so they went to Malaga instead.
Speculation aside, Spurs fans will likely be breathing a huge sigh of relief on hearing that Real Madrid have signed one of the best players in the world and, for now at least, it’s not Gareth Bale.
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