Hearing the rumour ‘Isco to Arsenal’ usually means that the transfer window will soon be opening! Every transfer window for as long as I can remember in recent years has featured Real Madrid’s Isco being linked with a move to the Gunners. But is this time set to be any different?
A number of outlets are reporting the news this morning, including the Daily Mirror. The report suggests that the Spanish star who has a current contract in Madrid until 2018, is supposedly on the lookout for a new club after failing to win over Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. The 24 year old has failed to be in regular contention for starting places so far this season, continuing his spell at Madrid where he has largely struggled to be a consistent starter under any of their previous managers. It seems that in Isco’s mind, his time at the club has come to an end and it’s time to reignite his career elsewhere.
For some reason the media seems to believe it’s Arsene Wenger who’s got the keenest eye for Isco’s available talent. The Frenchman has been linked with Isco for a number of years, including before he actually made his move from Malaga to Madrid. But why would Arsenal actually need Isco?
The Gunners are already swamped with midfield talent and in fact it’s probably the one area on the pitch that we don’t need any more additions or improvements. Isco can play as a central midfielder, an attacking midfielder or on the wing and although the latter position may be of some interest to the Gunners, I don’t think the club really needs Isco on the books.
I certainly wouldn’t be complaining if the club were to sign him of course and at a rumoured valuation of around £17 million, it certainly wouldn’t be a bad transfer in today’s market prices. Despite seeming like he’s been around for quite a while now, Isco is still only 24 and so there would be plenty of time for him to make a truly great impact at Arsenal. However personally, like so many other rumours, I reckon this is a non-starter and nothing more than a bit of media speculation!