Everton ‘schedule talks’ with serial trophy winner, as Dyche gets last chance to add reinforcements
Everton are still very interested in pursuing a deal for free agent Isco, after scheduling a meeting with his representatives, according to reports.
The Toffees had a disappointing January window, being the only Premier League club not to make a signing, despite selling Anthony Gordon to Newcastle.
Now, they could potentially bring in Isco this month, who won five Champions Leagues during his time with Real Madrid.
Everton are currently in the midst of yet another relegation battle, after winning just four of their 21 opening league matches – the worst start to a season in the club’s history.
Now, Sean Dyche has arrived on Merseyside to bolster the club’s chances of survival, as he got off to a fantastic start with a 1-0 victory over league leaders Arsenal on Saturday.
However, he certainly could’ve done with some new additions to improve his squad, after the club’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri allegedly promised him at least two signings in the January window.
Ultimately, that did not come to fruition, reportedly missing out on as many as 14 targets on deadline day, despite receiving £40m for Gordon from Newcastle.
But, they could still add a quality player to their ranks in Isco, who saw his contract with Sevilla terminated in December. Therefore, the Toffees could still bring him in this month.
According to journalist Rudy Galetti, writing for Tribal Football, Everton have now scheduled talks with Isco’s representatives, with negotiations now believed to be at an advanced stage.
Prior to his links with the Toffees, the former Madrid maestro looked set to join Bundesliga side Union Berlin, before the deal collapsed on deadline day.
As reported by TEAMtalk on Sunday, Isco’s agent then ‘offered’ his services to Everton, along with several other European clubs.
Is Isco a Sean Dyche player?
The Spaniard has had an unbelievably successful career. In a nine-year stint at Real Madrid, Isco scored an impressive 57 goals and made 53 assists in 353 appearances across all competitions.
Indeed, Isco played a key role in a very successful period for Madrid, winning 20 major trophies, including five Champions Leagues, three league titles, a Copa del Rey and four FIFA Club World Cups.
If he can regain his previous form, he could add some much-needed creativity to an Everton side who have scored the second-least amount of goals in the Premier League this season.
However, since arriving at Sevilla last summer, Isco has been a shadow of his former self.
In 19 appearances for the Spanish club across all competitions, he scored just one goal and made three assists, which is a poor return for a player of his pedigree.
There have also been accusations that his fitness is not currently up to scratch, something that is likely to put Dyche off, especially given Everton statistically covered more ground in his first game in charge than they have done all season.
Another sticking point could be that Isco allegedly has very high wage demands and given the Toffees’ current financial situation, it may make a deal less likely.
Nevertheless, Everton are certainly exploring the possibility of signing Isco, so it will be interesting to see what happens over the next few days.
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