Real Madrid midfielder Isco is set to become one of the biggest stories of the January transfer window as his future in the Spanish capital is cast into doubt.
Manuel Pellegrini’s move from Malaga, where he managed the Spaniard, to Manchester City saw the playmaker linked with a switch to the Etihad Stadium in 2013 only for the 13-time European champions to win the race for his signature.
It has since been claimed that he came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur, and he has also been named as a potential target for Arsenal and Chelsea.
A gifted dribbler and creative passer of the ball, Isco has enjoyed greater prominence on the international stage with Spain than with his club, bar a few periods under Zinedine Zidane.
However, rumours that the midfielder would quit Real Madrid also dogged him while he played under the Frenchman.
Given how often English clubs have been named as his suitors it should be no surprise that Isco has spoken out about moving to the Premier League.
Unfortunately, his most recent comments on the idea have been far from positive.
“I have never thought about going to England,” he said ahead of the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool earlier this year.
“There’s been serious offers but I’ve never come early close to moving to the Premier League.
“But I think I made the right choice to stay, my Champions League medals prove that.”
The 26-year-old was far from complimentary about Real in March as he compared and contrasted his work for club and country.
“In Madrid, I don’t have the confidence a player needs,” he said. “The matches with the national team give me life. Here I have the confidence of the coach.
“I want to show that I’m a good player.”
While Isco may not have been enthusiastic about a move to the Premier League last season, the three London clubs that have been mentioned as his next destinations could provide him with the “life” he seeks on the pitch under Mauricio Pochettino, Maurizio Sarri or Unai Emery.