Isco, Arsenal

Several websites including METRO are saying that Real Madrid midfielder Isco will be one of Arsene Wenger’s summer targets  with the Gunners ready to spend £30 million on the out of favour 21-year-old from Benalmádena.

This is exactly the same story not only METRO but all the major newspapers were printing before last summer while the Spanish U-21 was still playing for Malaga. At the time his former manager at Malaga Manuel Pellegrini was busy buying signing new players for Manchester City that included Álvaro Negredo and Jesús Navas with it being assumed that he was also bring his star player to the Etihad as well.

In the end it was Spanish giants Real Madrid who signed him for just £25 million which proves that he wanted to stay in Spain rather than move abroad for more money.

All the current speculation is down to the fact that he is not getting enough playing time under Coach Carlo Ancelotti due to the amount of other options the Italian has available which include Luka Modric and Angel Di Maria.

Our take on the situation is that you will see older player move on to make room for home-grown players like Isco and Alvaro Morata who Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sees as the clubs future.

Perhaps due to all the talk about Isco wanting to leave Ancelotti played both youngsters yesterday in the win 3-0 over Elche in which Isco scored a goal saying afterwards: “Morata’s movement was fantastic, although he didn’t score. He is always looking to score, but he needs to play well. It wasn’t a problem though because we didn’t need a goal at that stage of the game.

“Isco can play in the centre of midfield or as a false nine. He was great today. I am positive that he can play in that position, which requires more sacrifice. He is a quality player and can do a good job there.”

As for Arsenal do they really need another midfielder? You would think that a new striker and a possible replacement for Bacary Sagna would be Wenger’s priority, and with Isco still only one year into a five -year deal we do not see him leaving Real Madrid anytime soon.