The vote, based on the votes of roughly 48,000 Real Madrid supporters, was conducted by Spanish news source AS and suggested that Real Madrid’s fans would rather see Isco in the side this season as opposed to Angel Di Maria.
That’s very good news for the clubs chasing Di Maria which includes the two big Manchester sides who now have renewed hope in their pursuits of the Argentinian winger.
“A commitment to talent instead of physical attributes. Isco's class above the speed of Di Maria,” reads the AS report.
Di Maria has been linked with a Premier League move since the back end of last season and the arrival of Isco is significant despite the fact the former Malaga man is predominantly a centrally based player.
It’s a surprising urge from Real Madrid’s fans considering Di Maria is still a very young man at just 25-years-old and on a huge contract with the club which shows they don’t see him as surplus to requirements.
Carlo Ancelotti is now under pressure because Real Madrid are a club where fan popularity really counts due to the roots of the club and how quickly the pressure from above can build if a manager loses support from the supporters.
Jose Mourinho is the classic example. Many Real fans turned on him when he excluded popular home based players from the side, which then created friction between himself and the higher powers at the club like Florentino Perez.
Manchester City are probably in a better position to be able to buy Di Maria because they have unlimited resources to go after the deal if they are serious about him, but their signing of Jesus Navas may just prevent them from pursuing any once-held interest.
The length of his contract means that any side coming in for him will face a massive fee because he still holds marketing and commercial value to the club but that’s not something which would stop City from going for him.
What is more likely to happen is that Isco could start in the side next season, in a slightly wider position which places pressure on Di Maria who will subsequently be confined to the bench.
If Di Maria is left there then the grumblings of discontent will start, the frustration will build and the Argentine could end up pushing for a move away from the club in the January transfer window.
A Manchester United move would be slightly more surprising because it’s looking more and more likely that David Moyes will use the duo of Wilfried Zaha and Antonio Valencia down either side of his team for most matches next season.
What do you make of the poll? Do you think United or City will go after him?
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