TMW: Milan launch €15m bid for unwanted Real Madrid forward – reflections underway

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan want Isco to replace Hakan Calhanoglu and have opened talks with Real Madrid over a deal, according to a report.

Enzo Bucchioni has told TMW that it has been clear from the moment that Calhanoglu decided to leave for Inter that the Rossoneri management wanted to replace him with a player who has both quality and experience, with Isco seen as the perfect profile.

The 29-year-old is set to leave Real after a difficult season, and he can play perfectly as the No.10 in Pioli’s 4-2-3-1 system to bridge the midfield and the attack. According to sources very close to Los Blancos, Milan have presented an offer of €15m which is being evaluated.

Carlo Ancelotti could also give the green light for Isco to leave despite him being one of his pupils in the past, but the obstacle could be the high salary he receives. The player currently earns €7m net per season and could ask for the same if not more, though Maldini and Massara are counting on good relations with Real to close the operation.

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  1. This might be tricky for ACM.
    It does look tempting and it might feel like a good move, but most probably it also has a greater risk factor.
    Isco is expensive for what it offers and doesn’t provide enough guarantees of success for occupying one of the most pivotal positions within the team.
    Probably beyond his prime and without much motivation/ ambition left. Equally importantly, he doesn’t contribute much defensively, he is not consistent and doesn’t provide enough penetration.
    Brahim (provided he re-joins ACM) is of similar style, far younger and fit and with great potentials; he can only become better so why not give him more play time next season? He may well explode!
    Sabitzer is still the most suitable for the role and he will form a formidable duo with Brahim so they alternate offering a wider range of qualities on the pitch.

    1. Hakan didn’t contribute much defensively either. ACM main focus is making the play not defend. There’s not much special about Diaz, I would take my chances with Isco as he can assist and score

    2. I don’t think so. Is at is good at pressing and he’s just 29 2-3 years left before he becomes too old. Milan need an established profile. Brahim is good but we can’t completely rely on him

  2. Buy belotti pls. Milan needs a real fast striker. Ibra with his built n skill may be a good ACM to spread n spray the pass forward or to the wings. If lazy hakan can be ACM, ibra can do it too

  3. Isco is a great profile he can contribute defensively because of his beating the press dribbling a good profile for creative attacking too, the factor can be age and salary but a good profile.the main target though should be sabitzer as he is a great player at affordable price and affordable salary.

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