Isco has only started one La Liga game this season. Getty


  • Muaricio Pochettino already tried to sign him during last summer's transfer window.
  • Jose Mourinho reportedly believes he could adapt better than Wayne Rooney to the playmaker role.
  • Arsene Wenger has also been linked with the Spaniard in recent years.

Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Juventus, Milan and Malaga are all on alert as Isco continues to struggle for first-team opportunities at Real Madrid, according to AS. Earlier this week the Spaniard admitted he could leave the Santiago Bernabeu should he fail to find regular playing time under Zinedine Zidane, having started just one La Liga game this season.

Real Madrid reportedly tried to part ways with the 24-year-old last summer, following Zidane's decision to recall the promising Marco Asensio from his loan spell at Espanyol. Tottenham and Malaga were both linked with his services, but the player opted to stay with Los Blancos.

However, Isco himself has now declared his patience at Real is slowly wearing thin.

"I'm 24 and if I don't find a place in the starting line-up, I'd like to move. I know what I can do well and if not here, then I'd like to be able to do it elsewhere. I'm happy in Madrid, but what footballers want is to progress and if I can't here, I wouldn't have a problem in looking for an exit," Isco said during an interview with Cope, adding that Real Madrid were yet to contact him over a contract renewal despite his current deal expiring in 2018.

AS claims Real Madrid are torn between offering the player a new deal or selling him at the end of the season in order to avoid losing him for free the following summer.

The Spanish publication adds that the star has no shortage of suitors, with Tottenham, Arsenal, United, Juventus, Milan and Malaga all ready to swoop should he be put up for sale.


AS previously reported on deadline day that Mauricio Pochettino had personally approached the player to lure him to Spurs – with a return on loan to Malaga also on the table.

The Spanish publications now claims Jose Mourinho is keeping a close eye on the situation. The Manchester United boss sees the Real Madrid star as a potential replacement for Wayne Rooney, as the England international continues to underwhelm in a role dictating pace from midfield. Arsene Wenger has also tried to lure Isco to Arsenal in the past and could consider a new move in the summer.

Tutto Sport added that Juventus had the Spaniard on the top of their list of targets for the summer. However, Isco suggested earlier this week that a move to the Premier League or Malaga would be his preferences should he finally leave Real Madrid.

"I'm very happy at Real Madrid, but it is true that the choice of Malaga is there, it is my home. I like the Premier League a lot but I think about it as an option for the future," he said. "Now I'm only thinking about improving and working hard to earn a place in the Real Madrid line-up. "