Real Madrid will be once again participating in the Champions League finals, while all the credit went to Cristiano Ronaldo for his back to back hat-tricks vs Bayern and Atletico, Isco was the one who scored the most decisive goal on the road to Cardiff.
During Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final clash vs Atleti, Isco scored right before the half-time, making the scoreline 2-1 while Real lead on aggregate 4 - 2. This meant Atleti had a mountain to climb in the second half as they would've needed to score 3 to make it to Champions League finals. Not only that, Isco was a valuable asset during Bale's absence, offering penetration, scoring goals and that should've been enough to confirm his berth in the first team which wasn't to be.
With Iniesta coming towards the end of his influence at Barcelona, Barca are looking for active replacements and have shortlisted Isco and Coutinho. Now that Isco has refused a move to Camp Nou, Liverpool could be affected in multiple ways.
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Isco is someone who seems unsettled under Zidane's management at Real Madrid and wouldn't mind taking his talent overseas should Liverpool come to him.
The Catalan giants approached Isco regarding a possible move to Nou Camp which he promptly rejected. Diaro Gol in Spain says that he rejected Barcelona as he rules them out as an option to play for.
With Isco staying put at Madrid for the moment and with the prospect of back to back Champions league glory lined up, Liverpool would find it difficult to lure Isco away from Bernabeu. Similarly, for Barcelona, they'll look elsewhere for their search for a midfielder.
Barcelona has been chasing the starlet for quite some time only to see him put pen to paper to a new deal but that doesn't mean they are giving up on him. Barcelona could offer up to £76 million for the Brazilian's services.
Neymar, the Brazilian teammate of Coutinho has expressed his desire to play with him very publically when he said,
"A Premier League player that I would like to have in Barcelona is Coutinho," he said last month.
"I believe Philippe Coutinho is a player that would totally fit in Barcelona."
Spanish newspaper Sport claims that Barcelona has already made a preliminary approach for the player and will enter direct negotiations with Liverpool the moment transfer window opens. Let us see how this pans out. One thing is for sure, this is just the start of a crazy transfer window.