Many years ago, we were used to a fight between Real Madrid and Barcelona also out of the pitches. Florentino Pérez started the ‘Cold War’ when he signed Luis Figo in a deal made in 2002, thanks to this he won the elections for the president of Real Madrid.
Luis Enrique, Luis Milla, Miquel Soler, Javier Saviola, Michael Laudrup, Albert Celades, Ronaldo Nazario… These are some examples of the players who, recently, changed Real Madrid for Barcelona or viceversa. Perhaps, we should include in this list Isco Alarcón.
As we published, Isco Alarcón has still to renew his contract with Real Madrid. The Málaga born player deal ends in 2018 but there are no talks going on yet between the player and the club. Actually, according to some media, Isco rejected an offer from Real Madrid recently. The playmaker wants to wait until the end of the season to know his circumstances and, then, take a decision. He’s not very happy at the moment with the minutes he’s having with Zinedine Zidane, but he’ll wait to see if his role changes until the end of the present season.
FC Barcelona have spotted an opportunity here. Andrés Iniesta is currently 32 years old but he’s having injury problems the whole season. The great Spanish midfielder has muscular problems and, obviously, his performances are getting poorer. For this reason, the Blaugranas need to find a replacement and Isco could be the perfect one.
Robert Fernández, Barcelona scouter, knows the opportunity and he’s already working on it. Isco and Marquinhos, the PSG defender, and the two priorities for FC Barcelona. Isco could be tempted to play with Barcelona, especially now that there are less competitors in the Blaugrana midfield.
Luis Enrique is having some problems to find the right players in this position. Busquets is a key player but he’s currently injured and Mascherano had to change his role to play again as an stopper. Iniesta is constantly injured, whereas Rakitic is not showing the same level and has lost his place in the line-up. For this reason, André Gomes, Denis Suárez and Arda Turan are playing much more recently, but their performances haven’t convinced neither the coach nor the fans.
Isco could be the solution for FC Barcelona but a problem for Real Madrid. Los Blancos don’t want to let Isco go to the main competitor.