Report: Fulham interested in signing Fenerbahce ace Mauricio Isla

Fulham fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London, England.

Mauricio Isla was relegated from the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers in 2015 - is this a bad omen for Claudio Ranieri's Fulham?

6th January 2019, Craven Cottage, London, England; Emirates FA Cup third round football, Fulham versus Oldham Athletic; Fulham Manager Claudio Ranieri observing Fulham players during...

Fulham are in the market for a new right-back this month with Timothy Fosu-Mensah set to return to Manchester United just halfway through a disappointing loan spell at Craven Cottage.

The Sun (23 December, page 63) reports that Chelsea outcast Victor Moses is on name on Claudio Ranieri’s hit-list, though a deal is in doubt due to his £130,000-a-week wages.

According to Takvim, however, Fulham have identified a cheap alternative – the experienced Chile international Mauricio Isla.

 

The 30-year-old is currently plying his trade for Fenerbahce, the Turkish Super Lig giants who have endured a dismal season and are currently situated just one place off the bottom of the table.

And Takvim believe that Fener could be willing to sell if Fulham make a good offer for Isla, with the former Monaco ace Nabil Dirar already plying his trade at Istanbul and lined-up to potentially replace the South American in the starting XI.

(L-R) Gilles Sunu of Büyüksehir Belediye Erzurumspor, Mauricio Aníbal Isla Isla of Fenerbahce SK during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig match Fenerbahce AS and Buyuksehir Belediye...

Interestingly, the former Marseille and Juventus full-back did spend time in England during the 2014/15 season, playing for Fulham’s London rivals QPR.

Isla suffered relegation at the end of his spell at Loftus Road, however, and Fulham will be hoping this is not a bad omen.

The versatile right-sider has earning 102 caps for Chile, winning the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.

Queens Park Rangers' Chilean defender Mauricio Isla (L) vies with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard during the English Premier League football match between Queens Park Rangers and...

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