The upside of a big summer spending binge is that your team usually gets a fair bit better. The downside is that it can squeeze the playing time available to other good players, ultimately forcing them out of your team.
This happens all the time with Real Madrid. A year ago, they lost Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon, and Raul Albiol to Napoli, who all went on to be some of Serie A's brightest stars at their positions. This year, Alvaro Morata has run off to Juventus, Sami Khedira is rumored to be on his way out, and now with Toni Kroos already arrived and strong rumors that James Rodriquez will be joining him, Isco could be the next man out.
Isco's obviously a favorite of many Liverpool fans around here, so this next bit should make you all happy:
Liverpool have enquired about taking Real Madrid midfielder Isco on loan, according to reports in Spain. #LFC— Pete O'Rourke (@SkySportsPeteO) July 20, 2014
Well, well, well. Wouldn't that be a nice little signing?
Isco would give Liverpool a huge kick in quality in the attacking midfield band, an area already strengthened by the signings of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic. With Champions League football on the horizon and Brendan Rodgers loving to have tactical options at his disposal, signing Isco makes a fair amount of sense, especially with the lower risk factor of a loan (hopefully one with an option to buy).
For those less familiar with Isco, think of a player like Suso, but quite a fair bit better. He's a quality playmaker, but also very talented at supporting and finishing attacking moves made by others. He's not a perfect player by any stretch of the imagination, but he's very good and on the surface at least, seems to fit what Liverpool does very well.
Bringing in Isco would almost certainly mean that Suso would be heading back out on loan. There simply wouldn't be enough guaranteed playing time available to ensure that the young Spaniard would continue to develop as he needs to in order to become the player we all know he can be.
Suso would of course still be given time to win a place in the side for the upcoming season, but that would be much more difficult if Isco is indeed brought in. What that means for his long term future is unknown; his contract is up at the end of this season and he has yet to sign an extension.
Obviously this interest in Isco seems to be in a very early stage. Things could advance quickly or fade away in to nothingness, or something in between. In the meantime, though, it's fun to think about the possibilities of what could happen if Isco does join Liverpool.