On Thursday, it was announced and made official that Spanish international Isco would be moving from Malaga and joining Real Madrid in a deal worth between 27 to 30 million euros.
The signing of the 21-year-old Isco by Real Madrid had been rumored ever since the end of the 2012-13 season, but within the last 10 days it was made clear that Real Madrid is the favorite to sign him.
For Real Madrid, the signing of Isco represents a positive on several fronts. The first is that they have will have signed a good young Spanish player. The last time Real Madrid had such a signing was when it acquired defender Sergio Ramos from Sevilla back in 2005. Second, the signing of Isco will give new coach Carlo Ancelotti tactical flexibility and options which he will have at his disposal.
Isco will come in and most likely take over for Angel Di Maria, a player widely rumored and expected to be sold during the summer transfer window. While Di Maria is a very talented and skilled winger, he is very limited in that he can only play on the right wing, as opposed to Isco who can play either on the left, center or right sides as an attacking midfielder.
Most likely, Ancelotti will have Real Madrid play in either a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-1-2 depending on if Kaka does or does not play. In the 4-2-3-1, we can expect Isco to play anywhere on the three-man attacking midfield line along with Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Jose Callejon and/or Luka Modric.
In the 4-3-1-2 where Kaka would be playing the ’10’ role, Isco would find himself playing on the right or as a left wing as one of the two attacking midfielders with either Ozil or Sami Khedira playing the other wing depending on if Ancelotti wants a more attacking- or defensive-minded midfielder.
No mater where he ends up playing in the midfield, Isco is a very good signing by Real Madrid, who has a young and improving Spanish player who is maturing and promises great things in the future. With a coach like Ancelotti, Isco will have a great coach mentoring him along the way.