We’ve long been linked with a move for Real Madrid’s versatile midfielder Isco, and have now apparently agreed a deal (of sorts) for the Spaniard, according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli (via the Express).
The report suggests we’ve arranged a €45m first refusal deal with Madrid, and provided nobody gazumps us before this summer we have permission to discuss terms with the former Malaga man.
This seems like a bit of a strange one, as neither us nor Real Madrid really have anything to gain from it. They aren’t being forced to sell Isco and we aren’t being forced to buy, so what is the point in agreeing the deal? If we want to sign him next summer then we can, if Real Madrid want to sell to somebody else for a higher fee then they can, so what’s the point?
Although he isn’t necessarily what we need, Isco certainly seems like the type of player Arsene Wenger would sign – although the price tag is more than he’s usually comfortable paying. Isco is comfortable playing in a variety of positions, and while he’s centrally minded, he’s adaptable enough to play on the wing. Playing a central midfielder out wide has been a feature of Wenger’s game recently, and Isco would suit it perfectly.
The Express claims the only reason a deal wasn’t agreed this January is that Zinedine Zidane was unable to find a replacement for Isco at such short notice, and state that it will no longer be an issue this summer.
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Does there seem to be much truth in this story? No, not really. But could Isco eventually end up at Arsenal? Potentially.