Arsenal are keen on signing yet another Real Madrid player after the loan signing of Dani Ceballos, with Spanish midfielder Isco the latest to be linked with a move to north London.
The Spaniard was injured earlier in the season, but it seems like he may not be a first-choice option for manager Zinedine Zidane at Madrid.
According to Spanish website AS, the Gunners could make a move for Isco in the January transfer window. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is also a fan of the player and could make a move for him in the future.
Isco wants to leave Madrid in January as he wants to get game time ahead of Euro 2020 at the end of the season. The Spaniard will be willing to leave the Spanish club on loan to ensure he is in the Spain squad for Euro 2020.
The former Malaga star’s contract with Real Madrid expires in 2022, having signed his last deal in 2017. The 27-year-old has made over 280 appearances for Madrid after signing for them way back in 2013.
In the current season, he has made two starts and two substitute appearances in the league.
Isco isn’t a priority, but here’s what Emery should do…
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has a strong attacking lineup, one that scores aplenty and creates numerous chances.
The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette make Arsenal a potent force in front of goal, but the Gunners have issues in midfield and defence.
Emery’s side have looked fragile at the back, which could be down to their attacking style of play as well as their weak defence and midfield.
The Gunners manager has two good No. 10’s – Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos. Ozil seems to have fallen out of favour at the club, while Ceballos has not been consistent since signing for the club in the summer transfer window.
Isco, on his day, can be a deadly player, who can link midfield and attack, go on mazy runs, as well as deliver the final back to his attacking teammates. He seems to have had a huge dip in form over the last year or so, and he perhaps needs a change of surroundings.
The Spanish attacking midfielder would be a good addition to the Arsenal squad, but he is not the type of player that is a priority for the Gunners in the next few transfer windows as the defence and defensive midfield areas need strengthening.
The Ozil situation should also be resolved as the German attacking midfielder earns the highest wages in the club, but rarely plays. Perhaps Emery should sell Ozil and then make a move for Isco.