Jose Mourinho wants to make Spain international Isco his big signing this summer, according to a report.
According to Diario Gol, the Manchester United boss has targeted the Real Madrid playmaker as his no. 1 midfield target.
The report even goes on to suggest that Mourinho would go as far as offering Paul Pogba in a deal to land the 25-year-old.
Pogba and Mourinho’s relationship is believed to be strained with the France midfielder disagreeing with Mourinho over tactics and upset over being left out and subbed in recent games. Reports even suggested his agent Mino Raiola was touting him around Europe’s big clubs regarding a summer transfer.
Mourinho though labelled Pogba “phenomenal” after the 2-1 win over Chelsea and hailed his professionalism after coming off the bench in Seville.
Spanish TV show El Chiringuito de Jugones reported earlier this month that Isco will be sold this summer if coach Zinedine Zidane stays with Real Madrid.
Their reporter Josep Pedrerol said: “Isco was deemed to be more of a pivotal player than the Colombian (James Rodriguez) but has had a discreet and underwhelming season so far.”
Zidane immediately denied the talk: “Isco is a very good player. So El Chiringuito’s report is a lie, and I am answering in order to put an end to this. We have 25 players and everyone is important. Perhaps Isco won’t play every game but I am counting on him,” he said.
Isco only signed a contract extension last September to tie him to the club until 2022, but with Real likely to make big changes to their squad in the summer, Isco continues to be a player linked with a move away.
The Spanish source earlier this month suggested club captain Sergio Ramos has learned Isco had three offers to leave the club this summer.
Manchester City, United and Chelsea apparently have all lodged offers with the player.
The Spain midfielder has made only 15 La Liga starts this season and he is not a guaranteed starter under Zidane.
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