According to The Telegraph, Mikel Arteta and Edu have identified Spain international Isco as a possible short-term addition to the Arsenal midfield.
The 28-year-old, full name Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez, is thought to be available on loan until the end of the season after falling out of favour at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane.
Isco came through the ranks at Valencia before making a move to Malaga in 2011. After winning the Golden Boy award in 2012 he was quickly signed by Real for €30 million and has gone on to make over 300 appearances for the Spanish giants since 2013.
Up until last year, he was also a regular in the Spain side but his lack of minutes onf the domestic front has seen his international career stall. He’s not played for his country in over a year.
Arsenal have been linked with a host of attacking midfielders in recent weeks – Joan Jordan, Christian Eriksen, Riqui Puig, Julian Brandt, Houssem Aouar and Emi Buendia have all been touted as possible solutions – but conditions for a big-money permanent deal are not optimal.
While our wage bill will reduce significantly in July once Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi are off the books, we’re not exactly flush with cash given the financial ramifications of the ongoing global pandemic. You can see why we’d potentially analyse loan options with the parent club contributing to paying wages.
To be able to register new players for the Premier League and Europa League we’ll also have to shift non-homegrown players when the transfer window opens. As we’ve seen before, that could be easier said than done.
Isco’s current deal at the Bernabeu ends in 2022 and Real are keen to sell him next summer. Having spent his entire career in Spain, a loan at Arsenal would give him the chance to try something new but he knows he won’t be short of suitors at home where Sevilla are said to be keeping tabs on his situation.