This summer’s transfer window is fast approaching and by all indications it should be a busy one. The Premier League is full of teams who will want to put the memory of this season behind them, and what better way than to sign one of the best young talents out of Spain, to assuage the public’s ravenous desire for new signings and the massive money behind the clubs. Even Manchester United, who look like winning the Premier League this season, cannot be thrilled with how their club performed in Europe and at times in a strange domestic campaign. In Spain FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are always on the prowl for top young talent, and with the changes on the way in the Spanish capital, who knows what Los Merengues will do this summer. Even Italy and Germany will be in on the action, with Guardiola joining Bayern Munich; the German club will almost certainly take on a more Spanish flair, while AC Milan and Juventus have both voiced an interest in a number of Spanish prospects.
Over the coming weeks we will highlight a few of the Spanish youngsters that could be moving this summer. We’ll give you the clubs we think they would fit best into, and then the teams that they are most likely to join (you would be surprised how often those do not align. We are not trying to spread rumours, just giving you our honest opinions on where we think each playing should end up and why. If you want to voice your own opinions or have a player you think is moving this summer please let us know in the comment section below or chat with us on Twitter @FootballCantera.
Name: Isco Alarcón
Age: 20 (turns 21 on April 21st)
Current Team: Malaga
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Buy-Out Clause: €35 million
Two things are certain about Malaga-born Isco Alarcón.
1. The lad has immense talent and the versatility to fit into any side and make them better.
2. He is not going anywhere on the cheap.
Isco has been one of the stars of this season, both domestically in Spain, and on club football’s biggest stage in the UEFA Champions League. The current Golden Boy award holder had his strongest season to date and dragged Malaga with him, helping his club to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and keeping them in the race for a Champions League spot for next season.
He leads his club in goals, with eleven in thirty-seven appearances; but it was in the Champions League that he really shone, scoring three times and adding three assists in eight starts and earning two man of the match performances against FC Porto and Zenit St. Petersburg. He has shown his versatility in attack and has featured in the center and on the left this season. Playing centre midfield at times and sometimes centre forward, this flexibility make him an asset to any team, and his list of suitors will not be short.
Where should he end up?
Isco needs to go to a club where he can lead the attack and have a similar impact that his compatriots Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla and David Silva had after their moves from Spain (Isco has already scored more goals this season then his three compatriots had before moving to England). We do not think that he will remain in Spain, although there is always a possibility of Real Madrid or FC Barcelona making a move to sign him.
If rumours are to be believed, Pep Guardiola will have a large sum of money to invest in his new club this summer. I doubt very much that the personalities on Munich like Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will gel with Pep and Isco might be the perfect fit to anchor the German club’s new attack and give Guardiola’s team a bigger Spanish flair. There might not be a better manager to develop Isco then the man who helped the likes of Messi, Pedro, and Iniesta blossom at similar ages.
Brendan Rodgers has some work to do on his Liverpool project this summer. The club has shown positive signs, but a lack of depth and consistency has hurt the Reds this season. They already have a brilliant young Spaniard in the system in Suso, but Isco provides some more attacking options right away and a front three of Isco, Sturridge and Suarez would be one of the best in the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers’ proclivity towards young players makes this another good fit but whether Liverpool will make a big splash like this remains to be seen.
Isco would provide the left-sided creative force that Arsenal need. Reuniting Isco and Cazorla would be a good move by Wenger as the two had fantastic chemistry last season in Malaga. He is the type of world class signing that Arsenal need to make this summer to follow up on the great signings of Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski. The fans will expect it after another trophy-less season and surely now something must be done?
Where is he likely to end up?
Honestly, with Chelsea’s recent signings, it would not surprise me if Isco ended up here. We know Abramovich will spend the money and with Hazard, Mata and Oscar already there, Isco would be another feather in the owner’s cap.
Another club with cash to burn, City’s European performances in the last two seasons have been lacking, and Isco’s performance this season can only increase the Sky Blue’s interest in him. They may have a new manager too which will shake things up. To have him under the tutelage of David Silva is an exciting prospect and he certainly would feel at home with a number of Spanish speakers in the club.