Gareth Bale has once again been linked with a sensational return to Tottenham Hotspur, with The Mirror reporting they are on alert as Real Madrid prepare to cash in.
Real have reportedly set a £85 million price tag on the Welshman as they tire of his ongoing injury problems which has ruined Bale's start to the 2017/18 season.
Bale's return to Spurs would be huge, but his injuries are a clear red flag, and there is a Real Madrid player they should be targeting ahead of him.
Spain international Isco was on Tottenham's radar in 2016, with Spanish newspaper AS reporting they made an enquiry over signing him,
Francisco Alarcon 'Isco' of Real Madrid CF controls the ball next to Aleix Vidal of FC Barcelona during the Supercopa de Espana Supercopa Final 1st Leg match between FC Barcelona and...
This season Isco has been in excellent form, scoring four goals and providing three assists in 11 La Liga appearances.
He did sign a long awaited contract extension in September, but Real's players are in favour at one moment and out the next, as Gareth Bale is set to find out.
Isco of Real Madrid controls the ball during their International Champions Cup football match against Real Madrid at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
If Tottenham do have a big pot of cash to spend on Bale, they might just find Isco could be bought for a cheaper sum than the £85 million Real want for the Welshman.
He is a player Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of, with the Spurs boss saying they wanted to pay special attention to the Spaniard in their recent Champions League matches.
Tottenham's superb performances in the ties with Real will surely have impressed Isco, and if the North London side are ambitious enough, they should make the 25-year-old their top target instead of an injury prone Welshman who is more expensive and three years older.