Spanish giants Real Madrid have reportedly given Chelsa to chance to sign midfielder Isco for £44m in January as the Galacticos attempt to raise funds for Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen.
Apart from Isco, Madrid are also trying to overhaul the bloated squad in order to bring in new players in January and next season. The Spaniard, who has made close to 300 appearances for Madrid, has won four Champions Leagues and a La Liga title in his six-year spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But the 27-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular shirt under Zinedine Zidane and has failed to score or create an assist in his ten appearances for Madrid so far this season. Isco has also been hampered by injury. He missed the whole of September with a muscle injury and failed to get back to the team when he returned.
Isco’s recent game was in Real’s goalless draw with Barcelona last Wednesday but he was taken off late in the game. The playmaker is also been linked to Manchester City who
Real, who currently sit second in La Liga, two points behind Barcelona will return to action on January 4 with a trip to Getafe
Meanwhile, Chelsea are free to register or sign new players in January after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced their transfer ban after an appeal. With Frank Lampard keen to bolster his squad in January and to bring in a creative player to replace Eden Hazard who moved to Madrid in summer, the Blues will be looking to strengthen their side during the transfer window, with a £150m transfer kitty to spend.
Lampard had said: “It is quite clear in the summer we lost Eden Hazard who has been a huge part of scoring and creating for us in the last few seasons. We need more competition in those creative areas,” he said.
The Blues boss has reportedly been given £150million to spend next month and Chelsea are also being linked with moves for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell.
Tottenham playmaker Eriksen is still refusing to sign a new deal at Tottenham, even though new manager Jose Mourinho wants him to stay.
The Denmark international is understood to have told the club that he wants to leave at the end of his contract in the summer. However, the club did not receive a suitable offer to sell their playmaker.
According to reports, Tottenham might to try to sell Eriksen in January, with the player free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with European clubs. Eriksen has recently suffered a severe dip in form and it might hinder his chances of a move to a top European club like Real Madrid and United. He struggled in midweek as Spurs were beaten by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.