Tottenham eye up loan-to-buy deal for £25m Ancelotti favourite - report
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are eyeing a sensational loan-to-buy swoop for Real Madrid star Isco, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that Spurs are keen on landing the 24-year-old midfielder on an initial loan deal until the end of the season.
The report details that Spurs would have the option to sign Isco on a permanent basis if his loan spell is successful at White Hart Lane.
Madrid completed the signing of Isco in 2013 when he moved to the Bernabeu from Malaga for £25million to work under previous manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Isco was a regular player under Ancelotti, making 106 of his 151 Real appearances for the new Bayern Munich boss.
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The Spain international has a fine record at the Spanish giants, scoring 22 goals and supplying 35 assists in all competitions.
However, he has struggled under recent managers Rafa Benitez and Zinedine Zidane to land a starting role.
It is believed that current manager Zidane is under pressure to reduce the size of his squad and has opted to keep Colombian star James Rodriguez in favour of Isco.
The attacking trio of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema appear to have a stranglehold on the Real Madrid frontline and emerging youngster Marco Asensio appears to be higher in the pecking order than Isco.
Spurs have endured a mixed start to the Premier League season with one win and two draws, but the capture of Isco could help them challenge at the top of the table.
Isco’s high intensity and work rate seems well suited to Mauricio Pochettino’s style of football.
The midfielder has made 14 appearances for a highly competitive Spain squad, but could profit in the national team if given regular football.
Isco may be tempted by a move to White Hart Lane and experience his first taste of Premier League football.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they have revived their interest in a £15million-rated attacking midfielder.