Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to offer manager Zinedine Zidane a ‘double-your-money’ wage hike but has insisted that the French manager must sell players before he will be handed transfer funds to invest in his Bernabeu squad.
With that in mind Zidane is ready to listen to offers for playmaker Isco, who Spanish source AS rightly dub ‘attractive but ineffective’.
Meanwhile the Daily Star believe that the La Liga side are set to make a £34m offer for Chelsea battler Nemanja Matic as Zidane looks to add more steel to his midfield.
Isco left Malaga for the Spanish capital three years ago and it would be fair to say that the 24-year-old is yet to deliver on his obvious potential.
Indeed Isco missed out on a spot in Vicente del Bosque’s Euro 2016 squad and has seen his first-team chances slowly diminish.
A move to the Premier League has oft been cited but one imagines a deal to join another Spanish side seems more likely.
Serbian international Matic has impressed in pre-season and Antonio Conte will have been impressed by the inter-play between the tough tackler and new signing N’Golo Kante during Chelsea’s impressive 3-1 friendly win over AC Milan.
Though Chelsea have spent over £60m in the transfer window this summer there is no urgent need to sell to cover costs, not when billionaire Roman Abramovich is ready and willing to dig deep at any opportunity and as such Conte may elect to turn down any offer for first-team squad players of real value to him.