During Juventus' Great Trequartista Search of 2015 this past summer, many of us wondered if Real Madrid midfielder Isco was ever in the picture. The kid has serious talent, he's on a team where the number of attacking options are essentially bursting at the seam and clearly it was a need on a Juventus roster that was being reworked over the summer.
We know nothing came of it. But is there something now?
According to both Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio and MARCA in Spain, Juventus did in fact make a bid to sign the uber-talented 23-year-old Spanish playmaker. It was described as "serious" in MARCA's write up of the reported approach. So that's good! But, with new Real Madrid manager and a fairly well-known name around Juve parts, Zinedine Zidane, taking charge of the club, he has decided to keep Isco right where he is rather than having him head out during the January transfer window.
Let's just go down the list real quick...
Italian source? Check.
Spanish source? Check.
Does that make you believe it even more? Maybe. Or hopefully. You can decide.
Seeing as Isco's playing time was seriously cut while Secret Agent Rafa Benitez was in charge at Real, I wouldn't be shocked if Juventus at least checked in on what his situation currently was. It's all part of the process. And while that process has now reportedly come to an end with Zidane's appointment at the club he joined on a then-record fee from Juventus in 2001.
Maybe this isn't the last time we hear talk about Isco and Juventus. I sure wouldn't be opposed to it, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who is thinking that way. Who knows how Zidane is playing on using him in the second half of the season. If playing time is still hard to come by, perhaps this potential deal can be revisited come the summer. We already know Juve and Real Madrid will be chatting about the future of a certain Álvaro Morata and all the fun there can be with buyback clauses during the summer months.
Might as well add Isco to the meeting's itinerary. Hopefully. Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully.