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The summer transfer window is closed for another year but it’s now time to look back on those deals that didn’t go through and those that are being lined-up for the future. Today, Arsenal and Tottenham are linked with Isco….
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are ready to battle-it-out over the signing of Isco with the attackers long-term future at Real Madrid in serious doubt, according to the Daily Star.
Isco was considered one of the most exciting young attackers in European football when he joined Madrid from Malaga in 2013 but his time at the Bernabeu hasn’t exactly gone to plan.
The 24-year-old fell out-of-favour under Zinedine Zidane last season leading to speculation he would find a new club during the summer window but a transfer failed to materialise and Isco remained at the Spanish giants.
However, his first team chances continue to be limited this campaign as Isco has started just two of Madrid’s 10 games in all competitions so far this season with highly-rated youngster Marco Asensio also now ahead of him in Zidane’s pecking order.
It’s led to fresh talk of a potential move with the Daily Star citing reports coming out of Spain that claim Arsenal and Tottenham are ready to battle-it-out if the attacker is made available for transfer.
Isco’s contract is due to expire in 2018 so Madrid may be keen to cash in during the next two transfer windows and the player admitted earlier this week that the Galacticos are yet to open talks over a new deal – something he finds a ‘little weird’.
Isco is quoted as saying by the Daily Star:
“The truth is that I have not yet thought about it, nor have they asked me to renew, so I am calm. I take it day by day, which is important.
“It seems a little weird [that Real haven't spoken about it yet], but I can’t do anything.
“If they don’t want me to renew, I won’t go asking for it. It’s something for the club to decide, not me.”
We’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the coming months but if no extension is offered to Isco then I wouldn’t be surprised if Madrid decided to sell next summer and it appears Arsenal and Spurs will be heading the queue of interested clubs.
I think the Spanish international would be a great fit at either of the north Londoners and feel he’d be an excellent signing as he’s not been given the chance to fulfill his potential at Madrid and would flourish if given a more predominant role at a club like Arsenal or Tottenham.