Real Madrid outcast Isco has reportedly been offered to La Liga rivals Sevilla by his agents as the midfielder seeks to revive his career.
According to a report from Fichajes, Sevilla have been offered a shot at signing Real Madrid playmaker Isco in the summer of 2022 when his contract with Los Blancos will run out.
The 29-year-old has been with Real Madrid since 2013, when he joined from Malaga. The midfielder grew into a key player at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first half of his stint at the club and played a part in their success during the first stints of both Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane.
However, after Zidane returned to the helm of affairs in 2019 following a brief hiatus, Isco found himself out of favour and has hardly featured for the club regularly since. While he hoped that the situation would improve this season with Ancelotti taking over the reins at the Santiago Bernabeu, things have not changed for the Spaniard.
Indeed, Isco has featured just seven times in La Liga this season, totalling up to just under 180 minutes of footballing action. With his situation not improving, the playmaker has his heart set on an exit, although he is ready to wait till the end of the season when his contract will be expiring to secure a move away.
Isco has been linked with a host of clubs such as Newcastle United, Arsenal among others, while Real Madrid’s local rivals, Atletico Madrid, are believed to have been offered a chance to sign the ex-Malaga prodigy. Now, as per the report mentioned above, Sevilla, too, have been handed the opportunity to sign the midfielder at the end of the season on a free transfer.
The Andalusian giants, who are Real Madrid’s closest challengers in the La Liga title race this season, have their options sorted in the middle of the park but would be willing to take up Isco in the summer by moving on one or two of their current players.
Oliver Torres, who has failed to make an impact since his arrival and Oscar Rodriguez, who has also not performed at the level expected, could be sacrificed, as per the report. Their potential departures would create room for Julen Lopetegui to welcome Isco into the roster, with the Real Madrid ace believed to be keen on moving to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as well.
However, Isco will need to lower his salary demands to make the move happen as Sevilla do not have the cash to pay his current salary, which stands at just a little over €6 million per year. To put things into perspective, the highest-paid player for the Andalusians, Ivan Rakitic, pockets around €3.5 million per season.
The report states that it is a priority for Isco to move to a club in Spain where he can play regularly and put his name in contention for the World Cup. However, it remains to be seen if the 29-year-old is willing to take the big pay cut needed to secure a transfer next summer.