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Arsenal & Chelsea Hold Talks With Agent Of La Liga Ace Over Possible Big-Money Move
Managers are now planning ahead to try and strengthen their squads during the January transfer window and next summer so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal and Chelsea are linked with Isco…
Arsenal and Chelsea are among the clubs who’ve contacted Isco’s agent about a potential move away from Real Madrid, according to a report in the Daily Star.
Isco was heralded as a star for the future when he joined Madrid from Malaga in 2013 in a deal worth over £25m but the midfielder has struggled to establish himself during his time at the Bernabeu.
After failing to force his way in to Zinedine Zidane’s starting eleven on a regular basis last season, the 24-year-old was hotly tipped to secure a transfer away in the summer with a host of clubs throughout Europe strongly linked.
A move failed to materialise in the end and Isco was forced to remain at Madrid but he’s continued to struggle for game-time this campaign and has only recently found his way in to Zidane’s plans after Toni Kroos got injured.
The Spanish international has put in some impressive performances but his long-term future at Madrid remains unclear and Isco conceded earlier in the season that he’d seek a move next summer if his situation didn’t improve.
He’s quoted as saying by talkSPORT:
“If I’ve still only made a few appearances by the end of the season, I’ll look elsewhere.
“At 24 years of age I have to right to better myself.”
We’ll have to see how Isco’s situation progresses over the coming months but it seems he’ll have plenty of offers to come to the Premier League if he does decide to look for a new challenge at the end of the season.
That’s because the Daily Star are citing reports coming out of Spain from outlet Dario Gol that claim Arsenal and Chelsea are among the clubs who’ve already been in touch with Isco’s agent about a potential switch to England.
Arsenal have flexed their financial muscle in recent transfer windows with Arsene Wenger splashing out big money on the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi so the Gunners should have no problem competing for Isco if he comes on the market.
Arsene Wenger has reportedly been a long-term fan of the player and with Santi Cazorla crippled with a long-standing Achilles injury, perhaps the Arsenal boss is eyeing Isco as a possible long-term replacement.
However, Chelsea will provide stiff competition as the Blues have huge financial resources themselves and Isco would be an excellent addition to Antonio Conte’s squad if the Blues were able to lure him to Stamford Bridge.
In fact, I think Isco would be a superb signing for either Arsenal or Chelsea but they will need to be prepared to dig deep as I can’t see Madrid selling the midfielder on the cheap if they do agree to cash-in next summer.