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Options weighing: Isco could leave Real Madrid

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His contribution, in this course, is limited to the 358 minutes that he has been on the field.

On the verge of a new transfer market, Real Madrid’s Isco continues to weigh up the idea of leaving the Madrid club. The Premier League and Serie A being his most likely destinations.

These are not good times for Isco. The Spaniard has only played eleven matches so far and his performances on the pitch have left much to be desired.

Both his quality and his physical condition continue to cause issues at Real Madrid, who may agree to a transfer of the Malaga-born player in this upcoming winter transfer market

Isco has been losing prominence in the ‘merengue’ team and not even Zinedine Zidane has managed to recover that footballer who amazed the world.

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In a period of somewhat muted transfers due to the scarce economic capacity of many teams, the Premier League seems to be the most probable destination for the offensive midfielder, English teams seem to have been the least affected by the crisis. Arsenal and Everton are both reportedly interested in him.

However, Serie A is also being tipped as the favourite to host Isco, as both Juventus and Inter Milan have reportedly enquired about his situation. All this, in the event that the 28-year-old decides to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid offers £90M plus Isco or Kroos for Dybala

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Real Madrid are set to table a sensational £90million player-plus-cash deal for Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala, according to reports.

After the LaLiga giants’ early Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester City, Florentino Perez has set his sights on securing Dybala and believes him to be an integral part in helping the club lift the coveted trophy again.

It has even been suggested that Real would be willing to include either Toni Kroos or Isco to bump up the overall value of the package.

Sport Mediaset are reporting that the ambitious proposal is expected imminently.

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Juventus are believed to be keen to keep hold of Dybala, however, following their own continental heartbreak.

The club are currently undergoing a period of transition Turin legend Andrea Pirlo replaced after Maurizio Sarri and are hopeful of retaining their key assets for the new man at the helm.

But the uncertainty surrounding the future of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo may force Juventus’ hand.

The 35-year-old was clearly disappointed by his team’s knockout to Lyon, and speculation has mounted over a potential switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Italian title holders would never offload Dybala in the event Ronaldo was to leave this summer.

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They may reportedly reconsider their stance should the Portuguese icon remain in Turin though, particularly due to his hefty wage salary.

And the prospect of Kroos or Isco making the move to Italy may entice the Old Lady into brokering a deal.

Real are said to value the experienced German midfielder at no less than £45m, with Isco’s price tag standing at around £54m.

Dybala has been locked in talks with Juventus over a new contract. His 11 goals and six assists this season saw him named as Serie A’s ‘MVP’ of the campaign, and the 26-year-old is expected to extend until 2025.

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Isco celebrates the success of his Descoronate campaign


Isco has celebrated the impact of his Descoronate campaign in the fight against coronavirus.

The Real Madrid midfielder set up an initiative that is raising funds to buy medical equipment for hospitals.

“Three days ago, we got the best news!” Isco wrote on Instagram.


“The first order from our #Descoronate campaign is now at the 12 de Octubre Hospital in Madrid!

“Today, to celebrate it, we’ve been sent this photo [which is attached] of our heroes alongside the respirator, who appear dressed in white: Doctor Montejo (chief of services in the ICU) and Doctor Clotilde Pose (subdirector of nursing at the hospital).


“In green: the chief doctor, the head of supplies and Jose Nieves (managing director).

“We’d also like to say that the second order is about to arrive in Madrid with 25,000 face masks that we’ll donate to the hospitals!”


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Isco Is Back & the Key Man for Real Madrid Moving Forward


As the Real Madrid players walked off the pitch after a 4-1 away win at CA Osasuna, it was very obvious as to who had run the show.

Isco.

The Spain international was absolutely phenomenal for Madrid, orchestrating the game in the number 10 role and also grabbing himself a goal.The silky Spaniard bore the brunt lot of criticism at the start of the season, and was regularly scapegoated by Madrid fans – especially following a defeat at the hands of RCD Mallorca back in October.


However, his performance on Sunday showcases just how good Isco can be, and should he continue playing like this, he could make this season a sensational one for Los Blancos.

Now let’s rewind back to Madrid’s Champions League final win over Juventus in 2017. The 27-year-old was simply mesmeric, running and dominating the game as they won the game 4-1. Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace, but Isco was the star of the show.


UEFA Champions League”Juventus FC v Real Madrid”
Isco’s best performances this season have come in the big games. At home to PSG, away to Barcelona and against Valencia in the Supercup semi-final. When Madrid really need him, he more often than not shows up.

There is still a hint of inconsistency in his game, especially in the smaller fixtures. However, that is easily sorted, and should he continue performing in the big games, then who really cares?

But how has this transformation happened? What has changed from the start of the season to around January for Isco to find some of his best form?


It’s simple really.
Isco’s best form for Madrid came during Zinedine Zidane’s first spell at the club, where they won three Champions Leagues in a row. The Frenchman is a huge fan of the playmaker, and his system was perfect for him.

They played a diamond formation with Isco in the number 10 role behind Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, and it worked like a charm.


Madrid started this season in a 4-3-3, with Isco either occupying the bench or playing in an unfamiliar wing role. His performances were poor, and as expected, Twitter ‘fans’ swarmed to criticise him and demand that he be sold.

Cristiano Ronaldo
But in recent months, Zidane has returned to his favoured diamond formation, with Isco playing in the hole behind the striker.


His improved form has coincided with the switch in formation, and he is slowly returning to his best.

On his day, he is arguably the best playmaker in the world. His dribbling ability is second to none, and he can create a bit of magic out of absolutely nothing.

But as previously mentioned, he may need to add a little bit more consistency to his game.


Isco

Even his manager agrees. Speaking after the game, Zidane said: “He’s a player that always gives everything when he plays. He’s a good footballer. I like the way he plays. He’s technical and skilful. He’s very important for us.

“He had a brilliant game like everyone else, but above all I am happy about his goal, because he needs to score more goals.”

He’s right. Isco is an unbelievable player, and should be scoring more goals.


Regardless, Madrid fans and Zidane will be delighted with his performances and improved form. He is a wonderful playmaker and potentially the man to make the difference in the big games.

With Madrid competing in the Champions League and La Liga, they will be looking to their stars to step and and push them across the line on both fronts. Isco could be just that man, and there is no doubt that he is has all the quality to do so.


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3-1: Massive help from Kroos as Madrid beat Valencia to reach super cup final


Toni Kroos scored a wonder goal straight from a corner as Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-1 on Wednesday to reach the final of the controversial Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Kroos caught Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech napping with a brilliant, instinctive strike before Isco made it two and Luka Modric added a classy third from a curling finish with the outside of his foot. NobleSport report


After two superb goals, the only shame was more fans were not there to see them given the King Abdullah Sports City stadium appeared only a little more than half full.

Dani Parejo scored a late Valencia penalty but Madrid advance to Sunday’s final where they will meet the winner of the second semi-final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on Thursday.


Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had said earlier on Wednesday that he preferred the traditional format of this competition, that pitted the La Liga champions against the winners of the Copa del Rey in a match in Spain in August.

Under those rules, Real Madrid, who finished third in the league last term and failed to reach the final of the cup would not even have qualified but they now have the chance to win their first trophy of the season, possibly against Barca in a Clasico final.


But it is the new location that has grated most, because of the lack of consideration for Spanish fans and the implications of associating with a country that has been heavily criticised for its treatment of women and record over human rights.

In one of the more unusual aspects of the night, a giant banner of the King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia were hung in the centre of the pitch during half-time.


Long unbeaten run
Either side of the interval, Real Madrid were too strong, extending their unbeaten run to 15 matches with another performance to suggest they are La Liga’s form team ahead of the second half of the season.

For long spells, they outplayed Valencia, who have been on a strong run themselves, even if they had to cope without star player Rodrigo Moreno due to a knee injury.


Madrid were also without their own top scorer in Karim Benzema, who has a hamstring strain, as well as Gareth Bale, who has a throat infection.

In their absence, Kroos stepped up with a goal of which both Benzema and Bale would have been proud.


Madrid won the corner in the 15th minute and with Domenech out of his goal, instructing Francis Coquelin, Kroos nipped around the flag and bent the ball towards the net.

Domenech saw it coming but too late, and he could only succeed in punching the ball into the inside of his own side-netting.


Valencia wanted a penalty when Casemiro nudged Carlos Soler in the back and Kevin Gameiro should have done better than blast over after he did well to wriggle through.

But Madrid were the dominant force and Isco doubled the lead before the break. Fede Valverde pulled back for Modric and while his shot was blocked, Isco fired in the follow-up.

Luka Jovic’s struggles continued as he struck the post from close range before Modric added a final flourish, selling Gabriel Paulista with a stepover left before guiding the ball into the far corner with the ouside of his right foot.

Sergio Ramos handballed late on and Parejo scored the penalty but for Valencia the game was already up.


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