Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Bundesliga sensation Jadon Sancho.
Sancho has established himself as one of the most promising wonder-kids in Europe after tearing up the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund this season.
The 18-year-old joined the German side from Manchester City’s academy in search of playing time.
Madrid were one of the many clubs that tired securing his signature when he was looking to leave City.
Los Blancos tried luring the youngster with a superior financial offer and a chance to play with Castila, but Dortmund guaranteed the Englishman more minutes with the senior team.
Now, Bayern and Real are keeping tabs on the youngster and Los Blancos – who have a good relationship with Dortmund – might have an advantage.
City will always wonder what could have been with the one that got away, as the chances of Sancho’s return to Manchester seems bleak, although his former employers are believed to have a buy-back option on Sancho.
Real Madrid midfielder Isco has not enjoyed the best of starts to the 2018-19 season. After being ruled out due to an appendix injury, the Spaniard has struggled for playing time under new coach Santiago Solari.
However, the former Malaga man can find some solace in what Spain boss Luis Enrique had to say about him.
“I like him a lot and he was at a really high level at the World Cup,” Luis Enrique said when asked about Isco at the Premios Quini awards night in Gijon.
“His quality is undeniable.
“His form and minutes will determine his chances [of being called up to the next squad], but I have already called him up many times so you can look at my actions more than my words.
“Right now it is December and there are three months until the next squad list.”
Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari has challenged Gareth Bale to ally consistency with an undoubted attacking prowess after his “perfect” trio of goals earned a 3-1 semi-final win against Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup.
Bale, 29, emphatically struck three times either side of half-time in Abu Dhabi and was then removed as a precaution on the hour mark because of a draining ankle issue. This hat-trick acts as the highlight of a campaign in which he’d previously struggled to carry the mantle left by the summer transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
“We all expect these performances from him,” said Solari, whose competition holders now meet host-club Al Ain on Saturday as they chase a fourth global crown in five editions. “Every Sunday, every Wednesday, every time we play.
“It is not easy to score three goals every game. But it is not just the goals – it is the commitment.
“He had it in the last few games. Today, everything was perfect.
“He could achieve this as he was committed before.”
Kashima offered familiarity for Los Blancos, courtesy of 2016’s dramatic CWC final between them that was settled by Ronaldo’s hat-trick.
Imminent opponents Al Ain, however, represent the unknown.
The Arabian Gulf League winners have caused shocks against Esperance de Tunis and River Plate – the club for whom winger Solari made his playing debut in 1996. He predicted a testing match against them.
“I expect them to be competitive, of course,” said the 42-year-old.
“No one can arrive into the Club World Cup’s final without being competitive. They scored many goals, every game.
“They beat the team from New Zealand [Team Wellington] and then they beat River Plate. They are in the final because they deserve it.
“We have to be as competitive as we were today to win the trophy.”