Spanish football expert Guillem Balague is well-informed about all Spanish clubs and players, and he says that Tottenham would not be able to get Malaga forward Sandro Ramirez and Real Madrid playmaker Isco despite the North London outfit being heavily linked with a move for these players. Isco has been one of the long-standing transfer targets for the club (The Independent). Spurs are very keen on taking advantage of the 24-year-old’s unhappiness at the Santiago Bernabeu. Ever since Zidane became the manager of the club just over a year ago, Isco has been unable to feature in a prominent position in the team.
Even during the weekend against Malaga, Isco was on the bench and had to come on only when an injury to one of the starting players forced the manager to act. Isco clearly does not seem to be in the favour at Real Madrid, and he does not have the political influence to force his way into the first-team. As a result, it is widely expected that he would leave the club in the summer. Madrid would also rather sell him the summer rather than lose him for free in the next. The player’s contract runs out in the summer of 2018. Even though there has been talk about a new deal for quite a while, the player is yet to sign on the dotted line.
Isco will want to receive confirmation about the future plans before agreeing this new contract and it is quite conceivable that he may leave the club. Yet, the White Hart Lane may not be amongst his destinations according to Balague. The Spanish football expert even claims that Isco is seriously considering the possibility of staying at Real Madrid, a club where he has played his football since 2013.
Asked whether Tottenham could sign Isco or Ramirez in the January transfer window, Sky Sports expert Balague said:
“Spurs don’t want Sandro and although they tried for Isco in the summer they are not after him now and he is not going to leave.”
The interest on Malaga forward Sandro Ramirez does certainly look like a feasible move considering that Spurs are on the lookout for players who can potentially replace Vincent Janssen in the first team. However, convincing the former Barcelona forward to once again sit on the bench, after he has just ordered to Malaga for regular first team football, would be quite difficult. Ramirez came through the ranks at Barcelona before moving to Malaga on a free transfer in the summer. He has already scored seven goals in 17 league appearances to attract a lot of attention.
Yet, the latest confirmation that Spurs may not have any interest in Ramirez is rather surprising. Signed from Ajax in the summer for £17 million, Vincent Janssen has been a major disappointment and is yet to score from open play this season.