Chelsea are reportedly poised to return with a second offer for Real Madrid’s Isco after their initial bid was rejected on Wednesday.
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On Wednesday morning, it was claimed by The Mirror that the Premier League champions had tabled an opening offer of £20m for the Spain playmaker – which was instantly rejected by the La Liga BBVA giants.
The British newspaper stated that new Los Blancos manager Rafael Benitez had no desire to sell the 23-year-old this summer.
In a further update on the transfer speculation, however, The Guardian have reported their belief that the Blues will return with an improved offer – particularly with Oscar‘s Stamford Bridge future uncertain amid Juventus interest.
The former Malaga star is yet to establish himself as a key player at the Santiago Bernabeu following his £23m move from La Rosaleda in June 2013 [via BBC Sport].
Reports from Goal.com suggested that Isco was beginning to doubt his long-term career in Madrid; however, after a phone call from Benitez, the former Liverpool boss allegedly banished the midfielder’s concerns by insisting that he is key in the Spaniard’s ‘new sporting project’ in the Spanish capital.
While The Guardian suggest that Oscar’s uncertainty with the west London giants at present could be key in Jose Mourinho’s emerging interest in Isco, perhaps the Portuguese manager may have added him to his transfer wish list after missing out on Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan.
It was announced on Monday night that Barcelona had signed the Turkey international for £24m [via BBC Sport], despite persistent reports claiming that Chelsea were said to be the Atleti No.10’s favoured destination [via the Daily Mail].
Mourinho, therefore, may still remain in the market for an attacking midfielder ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.