By Harvey Byrne
Spanish broadcaster Guillem Balague believes Tottenham will not be rekindling their interest in playmaker Isco and neither will he be allowed to leave Real Madrid.
The 24-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to north London in the summer and in December the Mirror claimed they were deliberating over a January swoop.
However, transfer expert Balague believes that Spurs are no longer after Isco and stated that he would remain in the Spanish capital.
Speaking on Sky Sports on Monday the journalist ruled out a January move for Isco, while also stating Tottenham were not interested in Malaga attacker Sandro Ramirez.
“Spurs don’t want Sandro and although they tried for Isco in the summer they are not after him now and he is not going to leave,” told Balague on the Sky Sports website when asked about Spurs’ chances of signing the two Spanish players.
Alongside Isco, the Mirror also reported that Mauricio Pochettino was eyeing Ramirez as a possible January target.
But, according to Balague the Argentine coach is turning his attentions away from the La Liga pair.
Tottenham are currently sat in third place in the Premier League table with nine points separating them from league leaders Chelsea.
They were held to a 2-2 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday, but they are currently unbeaten in their five fixtures in January.
The north London club currently still hold title aspirations and they may be seeking players they feel will be able to push them on this window.
Football Insider verdict:
There is no doubt that Isco would be a stunning signing for Tottenham due to his ability which initially saw him make the switch to giants Real Madrid. However, the January window is notorious for rocketing a number of players values and an individual of Isco’s quality could cost upwards of £50million in the winter months. That would top Spurs’ record fee spent by someway and with that in mind it is not too surprising that they are holding off on their interest this window. With both Alli and Eriksen cementing the playmaker positions this season Tottenham are not in desperate need of a player of Isco’s ilk. But, it would not be untoward to see Pochettino rekindle his interest in Isco in the summer.
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