After Barcelona confirmed on Monday night, via their Twitter, that an agreement had been with Atletico Madrid for the sale of Arda Turan – who has been heavily linked to Chelsea and Manchester United – we’ve taken a look at five other playmakers Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal could target instead this summer.
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5. Isco – Real Madrid
With Luka Modric and Toni Kroos set to command central midfield next season, and rumours suggesting that Gareth Bale will be handed a No.10 role at the Santiago Bernabeu, Isco may not have many chances to play in his preferred playmaker position under Rafael Benitez – which could tempt the 23-year-old into assessing his future in the Spanish capital.
The Spain international showed glimpses of magic in the previous campaign, but perhaps he needs to break free of the pressures in Madrid to fulfil his potential.