Seville announced that they have reached a tentative agreement to sign free agent Isco Alarcon.
The former Real Madrid playmaker will sign a two-year contract with the La Liga club.
Madrid opted not to renew Isco’s contract this summer. The Spain international was without a club before joining Sevilla.
Real Betis had a prior agreement but the deal was based on Los Verdiblancos qualifying for the Champions League. However, they finished just below Sevilla, who took the final qualifying spot.
Roma and Jose Mourinho have also made contact with the player, but Isco’s desire has always been to play in Europe’s top competition which Roma couldn’t instantly deliver.
Isco has now signed with Sevilla and will fulfill his wish to play Champions League football. Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui (via AS) teased a deal for Isco a few weeks ago.
“I’m not going to hide it, as a player I adore him – he’s very competitive and, on top of that, he’s a great person,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”
The problem with signing Isco was Sevilla sporting director Monchi, who prefers to target young players whom he can sell for more later. However, Lopetegui has his man and now they can look to other areas to strengthen.
Isco spent nine trophy-laden years at Madrid following his €30m transfer from Malaga in 2013. He was influential in the club’s previous wins but has spent the last few years on the sidelines as the club continued to achieve great things.
There were attitude and injury issues in the mix. And with Fiorentino Perez constantly adding world-class talent to Madrid, Isco found himself sidelined.
At 30, Isco is fortunate to enjoy the final years of his prime under a manager under whom he excelled at Madrid and with the national team. He will play for a coach who trusts him and who could help him find some form.
Isco becomes Sevilla’s third summer signing after Marcao and Alex Telles.