By Jack Malone

Manchester United have reportedly identified Spanish midfielder Isco as a long-term replacement for captain Wayne Rooney, according to AS.

The Real Madrid man has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot at the club since moving from Malaga in 2013 and it seems the Premier League side may be prepared to offer him an exit route.

The report states that United are among a number of potential suitors courting the 24-year-old, a list which includes Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Spurs were rumoured to be interested in Isco over the summer, but a move failed to materialise.

However, having played less than 200 minutes for Los Blancos so far this season, there is speculation that he may now consider a transfer away from the Bernabeu.

The Spain international plays primarily as an attacking midfielder, although he can also be deployed on either wing.

With Rooney in poor form for United this season, manager Jose Mourinho is said to be on the lookout for a replacement.

The England captain is away with the national team at the moment, but has struggled to perform in an unfamiliar midfield role for club and country, prompting the Portuguese coach to drop him for the last two Premier League matches.

Mourinho may now look to move Rooney on and bring a more natural midfielder into the United fold; Isco would certainly fit that particular bill.


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