Arsenal already have been in contact over a summer move for Isco – but reports in Spain claim Real Madrid have been warned that the Gunners won’t pay a massive fee.
The Spain international has been a regular for Los Blancos since his 2013 move from Malaga. The 28-year-old has made 321 appearances in all competitions for the capital giants, scoring 51 goals.
However, he seems to have slipped down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane this season. It follows a trend for the playmaker, as his game time has diminished over the past few years.
No longer a regular starter, Isco’s international appearances have also dwindled.
He was strongly linked with a January move to Arsenal. However, once the Gunners realised Martin Odegaard was available, the Spaniard was removed from the equation.
While Odegaard is being tipped to have a big impact at Arsenal, he is only at the club on loan.
However, Spanish outlet Todofijaches believes talks over a summer swoop for Isco are well underway at Arsenal. The Spanish outlet claims Isco has emerged as a ‘priority signing’ for Mikel Arteta. They state he has pleaded with the board to make a strong economical push to land the playmaker.
Arsenal put transfer cap on Isco signing
Indeed, with the player’s contract expiring in summer 2022, Todofijaches says they won’t stand in Isco’s way should a suitable bid come in.
As such, they state technical director Edu raised the possibility of signing Isco over discussions about Odegaard.
As per the source, Arsenal have also laid down two factors around his possible move to Emirates Stadium.
Firstly, the Gunners are reported to have informed Real they will only pay €10m to take Isco to Arsenal. With only a year left on his deal, they believe Real won’t be in a strong position to demand much for the player. Furthermore, a lack of interest in Isco in January suggests options might be few and far between for the player.
However, in an effort to entice Isco to north London, Todofijaches claims Arsenal have agreed to match the player’s current salary. The 38-times capped midfielder earns a reported £120,000 a week at the Bernabeu.