It’s quite fair to say that Real Madrid’s Isco Alarcon hasn’t endured the best of times lately. Going into the 2015/16 campaign, rumors were rife over a potential exit from the Santiago Bernabeu. But new boss Rafa Benitez assured Isco of an important role in his squad ultimately leading to the young Spaniard’s decision to stay put.
The rumors have recently begun to resurface after Isco was left out of a number of important, high profile clashes, most notably the El Classico. Given Isco’s world class talent on the ball, consistent playing time, albeit at another club would likely be his best option. Here Think Football assesses potential destinations for Spain’s talented young midfielder.
It seems most rumors involving Isco have had something to do with the North London side. Arsenal bears an incredibly distinct resemblance to Spanish football as manager Arsene Wenger places heavy emphasis upon creativity and possession. Isco would fit snugly into the mould of a Wenger-esque player as his diminutive frame, but exemplary technical ability would suggest.
At Arsenal, Isco would have the chance to work with some of the world’s best technicians in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, while also maintaining a status as a key player, rather than being on the periphery of things.
Likelihood Rating: 7/10
City were another club heavily linked with the 23 year old this summer. However, rumors surrounding the Sky Blues and Isco have died down following the purchase of Kevin De Bruyne. Manchester City, like Arsenal, are one of the big powers of English football. Perhaps what would be the biggest attraction for Isco is the chance to reunite with the very manager who brought the midfielder to the attention of the world.
When now City boss Manuel Pellegrini was at Malaga, the calm and collected man placed great trust in Isco, establishing him as a key cog in the side. Additionally, Manchester City is also the home to world class players such as Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, two players Isco would undoubtedly benefit from playing with.
The Italian giants were rumored to have been after attacking midfielders, as Isco headed the list. Paul Pogba will eventually be moved on for quite a significant fee, opening up a large sum of money to be spent on Isco. Juventus are perennial champions in the Serie A and Isco would be assured of a place in their starting eleven.
But there are drawbacks if Isco were to join. For one, Juventus do not possess many world class talents apart from Pogba. And competing in the Serie A, a lower level league than England and Spain, would be seen as a significant step down from the upper echelons of Real Madrid.