Barcelona Plot Crafty Plan to Sign Wantaway Real Madrid Star on Free Transfer in 18 Months' Time

?Barcelona have reportedly hatched a cunning plan to land wantaway Real Madrid star Isco by offering to pay him 20m euros to run down his contract at the Bernabeu.

Spanish radio station Rac 1 (via ?AS) has claimed that La Blaugrana want to bring Isco to the Nou Camp, but know fully well that their bitter rivals Real would be dead set against allowing the playmaker to leave for the Catalan outfit.

Barca are now said to be ready to hand Isco the substantial fee – spread across a reported five-year deal – to run down his current deal with Real, leave on a free transfer in the summer of 2018 and join their cause when he does so.

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Los Blancos are alleged to have installed an ‘anti-Barca’ clause in Isco’s contract that forbids them from attempting to sign the 24-year-old, but such a clause would be null and void in the event that Isco sees out the rest of his deal with the reigning Champions league holders and would thus allow him to join Barcelona.

Isco has been consistently linked with a move away from the Spanish capital after falling down the pecking order under manager Zinedine Zidane this term, and other European heavyweights such as Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have all been marked as possible destinations for the ex-Malaga star if he does depart.

The 15-times capped Spain international told reporters of his intention to stay with Real back in September 2016 but, with first-team opportunities few and far between, Isco could look for pastures new come the close season.

Isco has featured 30 times for Real Madrid this term in a number of positions across the midfield line, but has only completed 90 minutes on three occasions and has only started 18 of those appearances to date.


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