Isco to Everton is a rumour which has been building in the English and Spanish media over the past couple of weeks or so.

It’s largely motivated by the success James Rodriguez has had since leaving Real Madrid for the Merseyside club. The Colombian’s transfer, which didn’t involve any fee, has so far been a relative success for everyone involved.

Reuniting with Carlo Ancelotti, James has had a little career boost which Everton have benefitted from both on and off the pitch. Over at Real Madrid, not getting any transfer fee may have been a little embarrassing, but removing the player’s wages has been key, and especially for someone Zinedine Zidane wasn’t keen on using.

Sunday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo covered claims from England of Everton being prepared to pay €20m to help Isco make the same move. They made it clear Madrid would be ‘willing to accept’ such an offer for the Spaniard, and stated this ‘economic profit’ would be welcome after the previous free transfer between the two clubs.

How much of the Isco rumour is true and how much of it is plucked from thin air is unclear, but it’s fair to say the player probably needs a fresh start. Not only has he been pushed out by Zidane, he’s also been the subject of Spanish media intrusion in recent weeks.

Seeing James succeed further this season at Goodison Park will only make such a move more attractive.