Isco to Barcelona? Madrid snub could spark interest, says Sergi

The Spain international was left out of the Blancos' latest squad and may become a target for arch-rivals at Camp Nou, says a Blaugrana legend

Isco “could interest” Barcelona if he continues to be overlooked by Real Madrid, says Blaugrana legend Sergi Barjuan.

The Spain international playmaker has endured health issues this season, with surgery required in September after suffering appendicitis.

Those at the Santiago Bernabeu have sought to carefully manage him as a result, but the 26-year-old was left out of Santiago Solari’s squad for a Champions League clash with Roma on Tuesday.

Isco is yet to start a game under Madrid’s new boss, with six taken in to date, and selection frustration has sparked renewed transfer talk.

Leading clubs across Europe would welcome the opportunity to bring a proven performer onto their books, and Sergi believes a move could even be made from Camp Nou.

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A man who spent nine years within the first-team ranks at Barcelona during his playing days told Radio Marca of Isco’s situation: "I don't know how each coach manages their starting line-up and backups, but it's true that coaches are there to take decisions.

"Solari took a decision [against Roma].

"From Barcelona's point of view, he is a player who could interest them because he plays with touch and can link up with people well.

"With this, we're speaking a little bit in a joking manner.

"In the end, the season is long and Real Madrid will have a lot of matches and will need everyone."

Isco has been with Madrid since 2013 and has made over 250 appearances for the club.

He has helped them to a La Liga title, four Champions League crowns and three Club World Cup triumphs.

There is, however, fierce competition for places in the Spanish capital and rotation is to be expected.

It remains to be seen whether Isco will accept such a role, with links to teams in the Premier League and Serie A having emerged in the past – with Arsenal and Juventus considered to be leading the chase.