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Real Madrid outcast Isco is set to finally leave the Bernabeu after falling out of favour under boss Carlo Ancelotti. But the Spanish playmaker is now expected to depart in the summer, despite rumours of a move during the January window.
Isco’s contract at Real expires in June and he is highly unlikely to sign a new deal to remain in the Spanish capital.
The 29-year-old has made just two La Liga starts this season and had been linked with a move to Italian side Fiorentina this month.
But Fiorentina club director Daniele Prade dismissed the reports, and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has claimed Isco will now leave as a free agent in the summer.
Isco is now free to talk to clubs over a pre-contract agreement with six months left on his current deal, and a host of Premier League clubs will no doubt be on alert.
Express Sport has taken a look at five possible transfer destinations for Isco in England’s top flight.
Antonio Conte wants winners in his Tottenham squad and will have lofty ambitions for his rebuild in North London.
Isco has won four Champions League titles with Real and has the experience to make a real impact under the demanding Italian coach.
Spurs are severely lacking creativity in the middle of the pitch, and Isco could provide just that.
Harry Kane could take some convincing to stay again this summer and signings like Isco could give the England captain more reason to stay for an exciting project.
Of course, Newcastle’s hopes of landing a player of Isco’s calibre rest entirely on whether they maintain their Premier League status this season.
But if the new Saudi-backed ownership gets its investment right and Eddie Howe’s men do stay up, they will have some platform to build from.
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And what a statement signing Isco would be.
The Tyneside club are desperately short of goals and the Spain international would be an exciting creative fulcrum in a new look Magpies side.
The Hammers are building something special under David Moyes and the signing of a player with such pedigree would only bolster the club’s ambitions to remain a European force.
Moyes’ men are well in the hunt for the Champions League places this season and could claim fourth spot.
The Scottish boss already boasts plenty of exciting attacking talent in his squad, but deserves serious backing in future transfer windows to continue his progress.
And because Isco would arrive on a free transfer, this is not a deal beyond the realms of possibility to complete for the Irons.
Isco would hardly be a regular starter at Anfield but he could prove a cost effective transfer for Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds still haven’t replaced Georginio Wijnaldum, a constant fixture under Klopp before he left on a free transfer to PSG last summer.
And while Liverpool aren’t short on goals, Isco could prove a good rotation option without a significant outlay needed from the club’s FSG owners.
Klopp needs to add fresh faces to his squad this summer and could do much worse than the Spain international in adding creative flair.
While the FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest was a painful setback, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has plenty to be positive about this season.
Arteta is rebuilding a squad full of young, exciting talent and there is every chance of a top four finish this season with midweek European football not an issue.
Martin Odegaard has impressed since permanently signing and Arteta is not short of attacking midfield talent, but the experience Isco brings would bring a different dynamic to his youthful squad.
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