Sevilla set to sign former Spain and Real Madrid midfielder Isco

Real Madrid's Isco celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Copa del Rey soccer match between Elche and Real Madrid at Martinez Valero stadium in Elche, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (Alberto Saiz/AP)

MADRID — Sevilla announced Sunday it will boost its squad by signing Isco Alarcón from Real Madrid.

The attacking midfielder did not renew his contract with Madrid and is set to sign a two-year deal with Sevilla after passing a medical on Monday.

Sevilla said the 30-year-old Isco is already in Seville to finalize his deal. He will be the club's third signing for the season after it brought defenders Marcão and Alex Telles to help make up for the departures of Jules Koundé and Diego Carlos.

Isco had been with Madrid since transferring from Málaga in 2013, but he had not played much as a starter in recent seasons. He also lost his place in Spain's national team after his recent struggles.

Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui had coached Isco when he was at the height of his powers with Madrid and Spain. Isco was part of Spain's squad at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The midfielder will join a Sevilla squad that includes Ivan Rakitic, Papu Gómez, Thomas Delaney, Joan Jordán and Óliver Torres.

Sevilla will open its Spanish league campaign at Osasuna on Friday. The Andalucia team finished fourth last season, earning a Champions League berth.

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