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Real Madrid ‘accept the request’ and put Isco up for sale

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According to Diario Gol, Real Madrid have put midfielder Isco up for sale as the Spanish international has become a negative influence around the camp.

Club president Florentino Perez has been made aware of problems surrounding Isco’s confrontational behaviour towards head coach Zinedine Zidane, which has led to the players wanting him out of the Santiago Bernabéu.

Real Madrid have put the £617m star up for sale as a result, which is good news for Manchester City and Chelsea. Diario Gol say the Premier League duo could be the next destination for Isco, although Paris Saint-Germain are paying an interest amid rumours of a swap deal involving Neymar.

Isco doesn’t fancy a move to the Parc des Princes, however, which opens the door to a Premier League switch. The 25-year-old has made 230 appearances for Real Madrid since his 2013-move from Malaga. He’s one of the best playmakers in the world and would certainly improve both City and Chelsea.

Real are in a strong selling position given the midfielder has a sky-high release clause and four more years left on his current deal. Isco is valued at £74.7m which would be a club-record fee for both sides if they were to match the price.

Nevertheless, Chelsea have reportedly been in contact with him, with Alvaro Morata trying to convince him to Stamford Bridge. City manager Pep Guardiola is willing to pay whatever it costs to land his signature. There could be a bidding war as a result.

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