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Isco to Chelsea now 5/1

Chelsea have submitted a £70m bid to Real Madrid for Isco. The Spanish midfielder is thought to have a market value of around £90m, but as we know, the market will ultimately set the price.

Isco has clearly fallen out of favor with the club as evidenced by a substantial decrease in his playing time for the La Liga power. By all accounting, Madrid’s President, Florentino Perez, is still asking a premium for Isco, but as time passes, the bidding parties will continue to gain leverage.

For a player as valuable as Isco there will always be suitors who come calling, however, the list of clubs that have the financial flexibility to take on his contract could limit the amount of qualifying offers that Real Madrid receives for his services.

As it stands now, Chelsea will be bidding against the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Arsenal.

How does Isco fit into Sarri-ball?

If you were to draw-up an attacking midfielder to play under Maurizio Sarri, you would likely come back with a profile very similar to Isco. Sarri tends to favor someone who is strong on the ball and creative with their passing; two things, that brings Isco most of his value. He also provides an excellent goal scoring threat to pair with Eden Hazard, a real sore spot for the Blues since the departure of Diego Costa.

If Perez does not come down on his asking price for Isco in a hurry, this transfer talk is likely to carry forward into the summer transfer window. At which time there could be a real possibility of a blockbuster deal between the two clubs that would contain both Isco and Hazard. A deal that would seemingly be a fit for both parties as Hazard seems to be destined for Real at the end of the 2019-2020 season when his contract at Chelsea expires.

Current Odds for a January Transfer

Stay at Real Madrid: 1/5

Chelsea: 5/1

Manchester City: 8/1

Bayern Munich: 16/1

Arsenal: 16/1

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