Saturday 25 November 2017

Arsenal will try and sign Isco in January - reports

Real Madrid player Isco
Real Madrid player Isco

It would seem that if you're young, Spanis and playing for Real Madrid, you're going to be linked with Arsenal.

Hot on the heels of suggestions that Jese Rodriguez will move to the Emirates, the rumour mill is now saying the Gunners will swoop for Isco in January.

The source for the story is, as ever, a very reliable one: Spanish gossip site Fichajes (an absolute goldmine for stories that will never amount to anything) via The Express.

According to Fichajes Arsenal will make a £22m bid for the forward, who scored six goals in all competitions for Real last season.

The only way you could see Isco leaving Real would be if he finds his playing time reduced, but at the moment he's a pretty regular starter - though that is partly down to the absence of Gareth Bale.

The Spain international has long been linked with a move to the Emirates, but since none of those rumours ever came to anything, it may be optimistic for Arsenal fans to expect anything different this time.

Still, if they fail to land Isco, there is still a chance that they will sign Jese.

According to Spanish news outlet Sport, via The Star, Arsene Wenger wants the striker to join on loan in January, with a view to a permanent move.

Jese was heralded as a future Real Madrid superstar after breaking into the first team in 2013, but a cruciate ligament injury ruled him out for nine months, and halted his development.

The forward now finds himself behind the likes of Karim Benzema in the pecking order, and he has made just three appearances this season.

 It's unclear how much Jese would ultimately cost Arsenal, but a fee of around £20m would be expected for a player who is just 22.

Wenger may decide though that he is content with his attacking options, especially as Danny Welbeck is expected to return in the new year.

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