With the January transfer window just a little over a month away, Arsenal have been busy making inquiries on the availability of their winter targets.
According to Metro, Arsenal will make a stunning €46m offer to Real Madrid for their star midfielder Isco.
After previously being on the fringes of the first team, making most appearances from the bench, the turner has seemingly turned for the 23-year old in recent weeks. Isco has been in very rich form of recent, now favoured by Carlo Ancelotti in a starting role in most games for Madrid in the injured absence of Luka Modric.
This is, however, seen as a temporary breather which will surely give way when Modric returns from his injury spell, thereby giving the encouragement that he will still be available in the January window.
The Andalusian-born playmaker, who has also been monitored by Liverpool, has not found his way into the Carlo Ancelotti’s side of stars on a regular basis despite being the Italian’s first signing upon arrival June last year. With the arrival of Colombian World Cup star, James Rodriguez, Isco will even find it harder to feature in Madrid’s quest for trophies this season, having managed a handfull of appearances last term, including over 60 unimpressive minutes in the Champions League final in Lisbon
The price being quoted may cause quite a sting in the ears of most gooners, especially factoring in the fact that we paid less for Alexis Sanchez who has quite frankly over-delivered. But that said, Isco is a delightful footballer, whose forte is the one-touch brand of football Arsenal are widely famous for. A fleet-footed artist, the diminutive attacking midfielder is thought to be at his best when stationed in the Number 10 role, which explains his struggles in Madrid as he has had to make do with been drifted to wide positions. Not only is he as good a creator of goals as any player you could class under his age, he is also a serious goal threat.
Awarded the Golden Boy in 2012, Isco’s football is very much in resonance with the Arsenal Way. A graduate of all the age groups of the Spanish teams from U-16 to La Roja, he is very well formed and possesses both the character and education to be a World-Class footballer. While at Malaga, he was key to their first ever qualification for the Champions League in 2011, together with then teammates, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal. These two, now Gunners, would easily allow the youngster settle in perfectly into the team, while his dynamism will bring much more flexibility to the Arsenal attack.
He will provide us with more exciting options going forward, even giving competition to Ozil in the Number 10 role. His ease with which he plays, coupled with a wonderful first touch reminds you of Denis Bergkamp, his exquisite technique would make you think Robert Pires still played active football, and at such a young age, he would be coming into a team revolving around young but fast growing talents.
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