Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is intent on landing Real Madrid’s Isco in January but Daniel Levy’s poor relationship with the Spanish club could cast doubt on a deal, according to Marca.

The diminutive Spain international has been short of opportunities to play for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit in recent times and was linked with a move to White Hart Lane in the summer transfer window.

With Isco’s fortunes not improving of late under Zinedine Zidane, the potential for an exit from the capital city side could be on the cards in January.

The Spanish press are reporting that Pochettino sees the former Malaga playmaker as the ideal mid-season addition to boost the amount of attacking quality at his disposal.

However, Levy has left a sour taste in the mouth of many in Madrid by playing hardball in previous deals.

The Tottenham chairman held out for big fees when selling both Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to Los Blancos, with the latter a world-record deal back in 2013.

The report states that Madrid are reluctant to have to deal with Levy again and if Spurs try to sign Isco in the new year the chairman could receive a dose of his own medicine.


  1. What nonsense ! Madrid acquired both Modric and Bale and they have both shown they are worth more than RM paid. Of course Madrid will try to encourage a bidding war for an excess player but they are too savvy business people to be afraid to negotiate with Levy.
    Don’t quit your job at the roo farm Gareth. This is crap journalism.

    • I agree with you that Modric and Bale are both worth what Madrid paid
      for them – but Levy, as an astute businessman, drove the price up both
      times. The Marca report suggests that both times negotiations between
      the clubs were tense and as such Madrid are reluctant to deal with him.
      Levy was also criticised by Jean-Michel Aulas over his thriftiness in
      the Lloris deal. I am merely reporting what Marca have stated – don’t
      shoot the messenger

      • Fair enough – apologies – although I don’t know that Marca always gets facts before they write with their claims as a RM insider. One would think that if the GM style was a real factor in negotiations for them. – RM would never deal with Woodward after the DeGea screw up.

  2. There is a big difference between tapping up/poaching a team’s best players when they are trying to build something and buying a squad player surplus to requirements. If Madrid want to hold a grudge and be difficult out of spite then they are just being petty a’holes.

  3. Writing about what some paper has stated isn’t reporting, it’s just copying their opinions; especially with Marca, which is pretty much official Real Madrid’s newspaper, so it’s no surprise that they’ll paint everyone else in such light.
    If you want this to be reporting, at least add some of your own thoughts to your article.


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