Milan Lodged Initial Bid to Sign Real Madrid Playmaker

Milan have reportedly lodged their first attempt to sign out-of-favor Real Madrid playmaker Isco Alarcon. According to Spanish media (via TuttoJuve), the Rossoneri have launched a €15million bid to convince Los Merengues to give the go-ahead.

Isco, who joined Real Madrid from Malaga in 2013, has become a peripheral figure at the Santiago Bernabeu. Low in the pecking order during Zinedine Zidane’s tenure, the 29-year-old clocked up just eight La Liga starts last season. Carlo Ancelotti, who returned to the helm this summer, shares the same feelings and is ready to offload the attacking midfielder.

During his eight-year stint in the Spanish capital, Isco has accrued over 330 appearances for Real Madrid en route to winning 16 major titles. He has been an important cog in Los Blancos‘ machine that lifted three consecutive Champions League crowns. But, it looks like it’s time for the Spaniard to find new pastures.

Since it’s become clear the Spanish juggernauts are looking to get rid of Isco, a host of Europe’s top clubs have taken an interest. In addition to several Premier League sides, Milan and Juventus are also in the running for the playmaker’s services.

It appears that the Rossoneri are at the top of the queue after initiating contacts with Real to present their inaugural bid. Isco’s contract is due to run out at the end of next season, and the club is looking to cash in on his departure in the coming weeks. Well aware of the player’s contractual situation, Milan have made their move as they hope to replace Hakan Calhanoglu.

The Turk’s departure has left a sizeable void in the creative midfield department, forcing Paolo Maldini’s hand in the ongoing transfer window. He was intent on bringing in Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig, but Isco seems to have surpassed the Austrian on his list of targets.