Following the departure of Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands, it was claimed by Toffees journalist Greg O’Keefe that manager Rafael Benitez “will have greater influence” regarding future transfers as well as club owner Farhad Moshiri and his advisors.
One particular potential transfer swoop that Moshiri could consider which would certainly please Benitez and potentially many Everton fans too would be to swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Isco during the upcoming January transfer window.
With a recent report from Spain suggesting that the La Liga club would be willing to sell the midfielder next month, this could give Everton a great opportunity to secure his signature after being previously linked with him.
Since joining Carlo Ancelotti’s side back in 2013 from fellow Spanish club Malaga, Isco has gone on to make 343 appearances across all competitions, scoring 52 goals and providing 56 assists along the way and winning a plethora of trophies in the process.
So far this season, the 29-year-old has only made seven appearances in La Liga, which shows why the club are reportedly willing to let him leave in January.
During Benitez’s spell in charge of Real Madrid, Isco scored three goals and provided six assists 20 appearances under the current Everton boss, leaving only Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo having appeared more often during the 61-year-old’s brief reign at the Bernabeu in 2015.
This suggests that Benitez would presumably be very happy to reunite with Isco, who is currently picking up a wage of £211k-per-week according to Salary Sport, if he were to make the move to Everton next month.
Labelled previously as a “fantastic player with an incredible talent” by former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta, Moshiri could deliver Benitez’s dream transfer at Goodison Park in January by securing Isco’s signature in the coming weeks.
In addition, if the 29-year-old were guaranteed regular game-time in the Premier League, this could be very tempting for the player rather than being a sporadic option for Ancelotti in Madrid.
Looking ahead to January, Moshiri and Benitez should definitely explore the possibility of signing Isco in January to try bring him to Everton and see if he can inject a bit of life back into the squad.