Isco has been out of favour in Madrid for a number of months and could move on in the summer, despite Real’s impending transfer ban, with Manchester City and Arsenal being keen suitors for the Spaniard, according to the Independent.
Arsenal are enjoying a fine Premier League season, but may remain a player or two short of a title-winning side. But right January signings could elevate Arsene Wenger’s team up into the top-most bracket.
On the other hand, despite spending huge amount of money to strengthen their attacking midfield, Manchester City have still been regularly linked with a move for Real Madrid’s underused midfielder Isco.
City have been uncharacteristically quiet during the current transfer window, having not made a single addition, but rumours of an approach for the 23-year-old Spaniard have arisen once more, with Kevin De Bruyne’s injury being the reason behind their renewed interested.
Despite being cup-tied in Europe for the remainder of this season and not coming cheap, Isco will still prove to be a hugely valuable addition to the Arsenal and Manchester City’s midfield.
Manchester City – Isco in Blue?
During his time with Real Madrid, Isco has generally played in central midfield when selected.
One of the biggest concerns for Manchester City this season has been their defence. Having an adaptable player like Isco to call upon would give Pellegrini the option of altering his side to a slightly more defensive 4-3-3 rather than the usual 4-2-3-1 – something that he would be unable to do if David Silva or Kevin De Bruyne started.
Isco would more likely operate in one of the three attacking midfield slots behind Sergio Agüero.
Of the three, undoubtedly his best role would be to play as a No.10 – a position where he excelled regularly under Pochettino at Malaga.
He has created 28 chances in 16 league appearances this season, and nearly 50% of those have come from central areas of the pitch, showing exactly where he thrives the most.
With Agüero’s outstanding movement ahead of him to play off, Isco could really thrive in the No.10 role.
Silva recently turned 30, and although he is showing little sign of age beginning to catch up on him, snapping up Isco would ensure that a long-term replacement for Silva would be already in City’s ranks.
Isco is talented enough and possesses the skill-set necessary to play out wide if need be, and with De Bruyne out for 10 weeks, a right-wing berth could be his initial route into the starting XI.
Arsenal – Isco a Gunner?
Arsenal need a laborious individual that will put his foot in when necessary. Someone who flourishes in the heat of battle and someone who can reduce, if not end, the criticism Arsenal get for being a soft side.
Isco is a player who brings both quantity and quality, and has timely outrun all of his team mates in terms of distance covered.
Back when Isco paired with Pochettino in Malaga, he received the ‘Golden Boy’ trophy. This proves that the Spanish youngster has abundant technique and potential, thereby ticking the prerequisite requirements an individual should have to wear that red and white jersey. And this Golden Boy can also provide the moment of genius that Arsenal have always had from Bergkamp’s days – a creative presence in the heart of midfield.
Mesut Ozil could have some good competition with Isco being specialist in creating ‘key passes’ and capable of seeing what’s developing ahead of him.
A move away from the Bernabeu would benefit him – and the Premier League should be his destination.