6 Clubs Who Could End Isco's Real Madrid Nightmare
With Carlo Ancelotti switching from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 within weeks of La Liga's season kicking off, the Spanish playmaker became marginalised due to the disappearing of his favoured No. 10 role within the system.
There's a chance los Blancos make a switch back this season, but that's only due to the signing of Toni Kroos and the impending arrival of James Rodriguez, per Pete Jenson in The Daily Mail.
He needs to get out; these six clubs can help.
Bayern Munich aren't exactly short on numbers, but they've just lost an indisputably key figure in Toni Kroos to Real Madrid.
He made 35 starts in Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League football last season alone, per WhoScored.com, and operated as a flat midfielder breaking forward into space.
Isco can do that job too, and he can do it well. On the occasion he got to play Angel Di Maria's role in Real Madrid's 4-3-3 last season, he impressed.
He's a star, he's Spanish, he's tiki-taka briefed and he's likely available.
Now here's a potential coup-in-the-making.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, fierce rivals, will rarely do business together. The relationship is so fractious that some have suggested Radamel Falcao was sold to AS Monaco first so he could join the Galacticos later—i.e. not directly from Atleti.
If los Blancos really have no need for him, though, a deal could be attractive, and los Colchoneros could well use a playmaker given the list of departures they're currently sitting on.
The free transfer experiment with Keisuke Honda hasn't worked in Milan, and the talk of a €12 million bid of Sofiane Feghouli, per Spanish newspaper Superdeporte (via Inside Spanish Football), has cooled off.
With Stephan El Shaarawy, Mario Balotelli, Nigel de Jong, Riccardo Montolivo and more in the XI, they're just missing one ingredient: a game-changing No. 10 with the agility to break forward and wriggle into a goalscoring chance.
Isco can be the man to restore UEFA Champions League football at the San Siro.
With Antonio Conte gone and his 3-5-2 system likely going with him, Massimiliano Allegri has taken up the helm at the Juventus Stadium.
The former Milan boss has always favoured a 4-3-1-2-esque system in one form or another, and he may well be left wanting when choosing a No. 10 from his current crop.
Carlos Tevez could play it if Fernando Llorente plays up front with Alvaro Morata, but a more ideal scenario would see Isco installed behind the Llorente-Tevez partnership.
Perhaps reunification with Manuel Pellegrini is just what Isco needs to kick-start his career again?
The two combined superbly at Malaga, with the Chilean boss happy to play him anywhere across the midfield in order to maximise his offensive output.
Retaining the Premier League title will be so, so difficult this season; an injury to David Silva could be all it takes for the Citizens to drop out of the race at any point.
The Guardian have suggested that James Rodriguez is on the cusp of an £60 million deal that will take him from Monaco to Real Madrid.
It's this transfer, and Toni Kroos', that will cause Isco so much of an issue, so why not go and take James' place in the tax-haven capital of the world?
Les Monegasques need a creative midfield to fill the gaping hole the Colombian will leave, and playing alongside Geoffrey Kondogbia, Jeremy Toulalan and Joao Moutinho in the UEFA Champions League is a pretty sweet rebound option.