Arsenal and Liverpool target Isco.
Out of favour Real Madrid attacking midfielder, Franciso ‘Isco’ Alarçon, has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal.
The Andalusian-born playmaker, who is also being tracked by Liverpool, has not found his way into 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.
It is now believed that the player, who joined Madrid from Malaga, will be open to a new lease of life and the chances of a move to England are anything but slim. Having previously shunned the opportunity to reunite with former boss, Manuel Pellegrini, the Spanish International could okay an interest if he deems it an opportunity to play more frequently.
Isco is a delightful footballer, whose forte is the one-touch brand of football Arsenal are widely famous for. A fleet-footed artist, the dimunitive 22-year old 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.
The 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. “Ozil to Isco, Isco to Wilshere…” Just imagine!
Whether a January move for Isco will involve a swap deal of some sort is yet unknown, as Wenger may feel a need to strike a balance between numbers and quality, also keeping an eye on the wage bill which the Financial Reports show to have increased significantly. Be that as it may, if there is a genuine desire on the player’s part to move, we must not allow him to go to a rival side, at least not without a fight.
Isco is a world-beater in the making. This is hoping we get him so we are not the ones to feel his blows. (Like Drogba)
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