Man United weigh up January swoop for Real Madrid’s Isco – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a potential swoop for Real Madrid’s Isco in the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Spaniard has been a peripheral figure at Real Madrid, making just two league appearances from the bench so far this season under Zinedine Zidane.

Man United’s interest in Isco dates back to earlier this year, with former manager Louis van Gaal allegedly keen to line up a bid for the attacking midfielder.

And according to ESPN’s Chris Borg, Mourinho is also determined to acquire the 24-year-old’s services.

Since his move to Madrid in 2013, one thing about Isco’s game has become obvious: he always finds space.

In possession, the Spaniard has an immense capacity for edging past challenges and making the best possible decision on the ball. Every pass – nearly always finding a teammate in an excellent attacking position – seems simultaneously effortless and calculated according to precise design.

Even without the ball, Isco is one of those players – and this is a common trait amongst Spanish midfielders – that always manages to ghost into space, always prepared to receive the ball and inflict damage.

He is, in many ways, a welcome antithesis to Wayne Rooney, such is his ability to sustain and supplement attacking movements, as opposed to simply stifling them.

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