It is an open secret that Arsenal need to sign a playmaker.
According to a report from Teamtalk, Arsenal will look to sign Real Madrid playmaker Isco.
Real Madrid spent 30 million euros to sign the Spain international from Málaga in the summer of 2013. The 28-year-old has two years left on his current contract which expires in 2022.
Isco has featured in 10 matches for Real Madrid this term in all competitions.
The 28-year-old is considered to be one of the best playmakers in Spain.
His record for Spain is impressive. Isco has scored 12 goals in 38 matches for Spain at senior level.
Isco is out of the picture at Real Madrid, which has opened the door for a potential exit.
Adding a playmaker remains Arsenal’s top priority this winter and Mikel Arteta will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks. Arteta is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this winter.
The Gunners will have funds to spend in the market and it will be interesting to see how they approach the winter transfer window.
The Spain international will offer the Arsenal boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections. Isco has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “Zinedine Zidane is pushing Isco towards the exit door at Real Madrid – and a move to Arsenal is looking increasingly likely. The 28-year-old playmaker has been at the Bernabeu since a 2013 move from Malaga and has made 316 appearances for Los Blancos. However, Isco has appeared in just nine games so far – many of which have come as a late substitute. Indeed, Isco has been limited to just 13 minutes of Champions League football so far this season. Having expressed his frustrations to Zidane over his situation, it seems a parting of ways in January is now inevitable. As per Marca, Zidane is hoping to cash in on the midfielder in the January window. With 18 months left on his current deal, Real know the time to sell is now. As such, the report claims they will seek a fee of around €30m for the player. And Defensa Central suggest it is Arsenal who will sign the player next. The Spanish outlet claims Mikel Arteta wants Isco to end Arsenal’s search for more creativity. The club tried, and failed, to sign Houssem Aouar from Lyon over the summer. But the capture of Isco, while still quite pricey, could go some distance to solving the issues Arsenal face. Isco’s agent has also opened the door on a January move to Arsenal. The report suggests Arsenal could look to sign Isco on loan with an obligation to pay €30m for him in the summer.”
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If Arsenal can agree on a fee with Real Madrid, the deal should be easy to complete.
Real are preparing to sell their playmaker should they receive right offer for him.
Good signing for Arsenal?
If Isco is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Arsenal.
A move away from Real will not be only the best move for Isco, but also for the club.
A playmaker of Isco’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Arsenal squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Arteta’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his midfield department.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Arsenal.
How strong that interest is and whether Arsenal will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.