Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been tipped to join Sevilla, having fallen out of favour with Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu in recent months.
Isco famously started ahead of Gareth Bale in both the 2017 and 2018 Champions League finals for Real, but has started only 29 La Liga games since the start of the 2018/19 season. Just three of those starts have come in the first half of 2020/21.
The 28-year-old has regularly been linked with a move elsewhere to kickstart his career. He was said to have been offered to Chelsea last January, while Arsenal and Everton, the latter with former Real coach Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, have been rumoured as possible destinations more recently.
Juventus, AC Milan and Sevilla are the European sides said to have been keeping an eye on him.
According to AS, Sevilla are the side Isco has 'chosen' at this stage. That would mean reuniting with former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui, under whom the player performed well for La Roja – including notable performances against Italy and Argentina in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
As well as linking up with Lopetegui again and thriving in that style of play, there is the added bonus of Sevilla being much closer than Madrid to his family in Malaga.
The problem for Isco is that even though he has no prospects with Real, Zidane may refuse to let him go in the January transfer window at the risk of leaving the squad too thin in the short-term.
Isco will likely therefore have to wait until the summer to get his move away, by which time he will only have one year left on his contract, likely making a deal very affordable for Sevilla.
It is said that Real are expected to ask for between €15m and €20m and a transfer looks doable, although another short-term ramification for Isco is that he is unlikely to get a place in Spain’s squad for next year’s delayed European Championship, having not been called up since 2019. That probably won’t change until he is playing regularly at club level.