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Barcelona plot controversial bid for Real Madrid star

Barcelona are reportedly preparing a controversial move to lure playmaker Isco from bitter rivals Real Madrid.

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According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants are prepared to ignore the furore that surrounds transfer business between the El Clasico enemies and press ahead with plans to secure his signature this summer.

The 22-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at the Bernabeu under head coach Carlo Ancelotti, who prefers to call on the likes of James Rodriguez, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, especially for high-profile matches against tougher opponents.

Ex-Malaga schemer Isco has three years remaining on his current contract and is viewed at the Nou Camp as a player who can make himself a regular fixture in the Barcelona side for years to come, as the La Liga heavyweights make plans for a changing of the guard in their midfield.

Veteran Xavi, 35, could depart on a free transfer at the end of the season, while his long-term engine room partner Andres Iniesta turns 31 next month.

If Isco does swap Real for Barca when the transfer window opens, he will become the first man to do so since striker Javier Saviola in 2007.

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