Liga - Transfer round-up: Real eye Isco swoop

A round up of the transfer gossip from Spain, with Real Madrid keen on Malaga star Isco.

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Zinedine Zidane has reportedly urged Real Madrid President Florentino Perez to move fast to sign Malaga’s Isco, amid interest from Manchester City.

Isco has been linked with both clubs this summer, with it believed that whilst Madrid had initiated talks, City have also been in contact with the Malaga forward.

Departing Malaga Coach Manuel Pellegrini, who has just taken over at Eastlands, is also understood to have already taken steps to assure Isco that if he were to follow him to Manchester, then he would be guaranteed a starting role.

It is a situation that has Zidane reportedly keen to get Madrid back into the chase as soon as possible.

AS report that the Frenchman, in determining his role in a meeting with Perez this week, also took the opportunity to advise that the President act sooner rather than later to try and pick up the 21-year-old.

Sevilla winger Luis Alberto believes Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu would be an ideal replacement for the departed Jesus Navas.

Navas joined Manchester City this week and Luis Alberto, who spent last season on loan with Barcelona B, hopes to follow in his footsteps with a move to the Premier League.

However, Sevilla are unwilling to let him leave for a small fee and with the Anfield giants having offered a four-year contract negotiations between the clubs are still set to continue.

Nonetheless, the 20-year-old told Mundo Deportivo that former Barca B teammate Deulofeu would be good substitute for Navas.

“With Jesus Navas gone Sevilla now need a winger. It’s a position that is now free and Gerard would be a great replacement. But he’s a smart guy and he’ll go wherever it suits him,” he explained.

Luis Alberto also admitted his greatest wish would have been to continue at Barca.

“I would have liked to carry on, who wouldn’t? But it was very difficult, almost impossible, although I had a good year and I hope people enjoyed me.”

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata says he is willing to move overseas to get first-team football.

The 20-year-old, who is a product of Madrid’s academy, has impressed a number of top European clubs with his performances in the current European Under-21 Championships in Israel, where he has scored in each of La Rojita’s opening three games.

Speaking to Cadena Ser’s El Larguero programme, Madrid-born Morata made it clear he is prepared to move abroad if he finds his way into the Madrid starting line-up barred next season.

“If I go I’d like to play overseas,” he confessed.

Morata admitted in an interview with AS some days ago that ‘if the new coach arrives and brings in one or two strikers then it will be even more difficult’, although there will be no shortage of takers for a player who scored two goals in 14 La Liga appearances last term.

Several Spanish clubs, including Sevilla, have been keeping an eye on his situation at the Santiago Bernabeu and some Premier and Bundesliga outfits are said to be interested.

Morata also spoke of Carlo Ancelotti’s impending appointment as Real Madrid boss.

“I only know him by seeing how he trains his teams. He has coached some of the top sides,” he commented.

Granada central defender Inigo Lopez is on the verge of a move to Polish outfit Legia Warsaw, reports AS.

The 30-year-old is out of contract at the end of June and has not been offered a new deal at Los Carmenes so is keen to try his luck abroad, with the Poles ready to grant him his wish.

Lopez [pictured, left] joined Granada from Alcorcon in June 2010 when the Andalusians were languishing in Segunda B, achieving a second consecutive promotion with El Grana to take the team into La Primera.

Lopez’s brother Jorge has already departed La Liga for pastures new, having left Real Zaragoza in July 2011 after failing to agree a new contract and signing for OFI Crete in Greece.

However, financial problems meant that after becoming a free agent in January this year he moved to Belgium and joined several compatriots, including former Real Betis boss Victor Fernandez, at K.A.A. Gent.

Olof Mellberg could be looking for a new club this summer, with Villarreal reportedly deciding not to renew his contract.

The Swedish centre-back signed for the Yellow Submarine on a free transfer from Olympiakos last summer, and was initially a regular in the first team during the side’s Segunda Division campaign last season.

However, in losing his place to Chechu Dorado and only regaining it in the 30-year-old’s injury-inflicted absence, the club have reportedly taken the decision not to hand Mellberg a new deal for next year.

The Swede, who has played for Racing Santander, Aston Villa and Juventus, will be 36 at the start of September.

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