Chelsea are reportedly in pole position to sign Real Madrid’s Spanish playmaker Isco this January.
According to the Sun, the Blues have moved ahead of Premier League clubs Manchester City and Arsenal in the race to sign him.
It is understood the Blues were readying a £70million bid on Wednesday to sign Isco for the January transfer window, before trying to agree personal terms of £250,000-a-week with him.
The report details that the 26-year-old is prepared to move to Stamford Bridge in the New Year after struggling this season at Madrid.
Isco is an attacking midfielder that has been extremely successful with Madrid since he joined in 2013, but his time with the La Liga giants may be coming to an end.
The Spain international is a technically gifted ace that is strong off both feet and would certainly buy into Maurizio Sarri’s possession-based style of football at Chelsea.
He’s got excellent vision and spacial awareness on the pitch, while he’s proven he can be a chief creator at Madrid.
He’s chipped in with four goals from 18 games across all competitions this season, but is capable of much more and has struggled for regular minutes in recent months.
Chelsea do already have an overload of creative midfielders in their ranks, but Isco has a footballing brain that may outdo all of them and he can be expected to be a key player if he does join for £70million.
Isco would also be adding to a strong Chelsea contingent that includes Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, Cesar Azpilicueta, Alvaro Morata and Kepa Arrizabalaga.