Real Madrid Transfer News: Latest on Isco and Gonzalo Higuain

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 25, 2013

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 18:  Isco of Spainn celebrates scoring a penalty during the UEFA European U21 Championships Final match between Spain and Italy at Teddy Stadium on June 18, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid are set to hit the transfer window hard again in the 2013 offseason, and the news never stops for Los Blancos fans. 

The biggest question looming over Madrid in the offseason is whether they can hold onto Cristiano Ronaldo, but until that talk gains more steam, there are many more moves to tend to for president Florentino Perez.

While out-of-favor players look to head for the exits of Santiago Bernabeu, other stars are out there waiting to be picked up by Madrid. After a trophy-less season and in the midst of a coaching change, this summer will be key for how La Liga turns out over the next few seasons. 

One of those players that might be heading for the exits is striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has been heavily linked with an Arsenal or Juventus move.

But Madrid have been looking closely at Isco in a move with Malaga to bring the prized attacking midfielder over. 

Let's take a look at the biggest summer transfer news as of late. 



The 21-year-old Spanish phenomenon gave Madrid a direct hint at his interest in joining Los Blancos, according to Jim Daly of the Daily Mirror

Highly rated Spanish youngster Isco looks set to move to Real Madrid this summer, rejecting a move to Manchester City.

Isco had been thought to favour a move to the Etihad to play under Manuel Pellegrini - the coach he referred to as his "footballing father" after their two years together at Malaga.

But the Manchester City target told Spanish newspaper AS: "Madrid excites me. They are one of the best teams in the world."

A potential deal, according to Daly, is for £20.4 million plus another £2.5 million in incentives.

Manchester City are undoubtedly Madrid's biggest competition for the Malaga playmaker, so any report indicating Isco's favor for Spain over the 2011-12 Premier League champions is positive news. 

Isco has spent much of the summer helping Spain secure the U-21 World Cup, and his top form has been shown over the last few seasons. He might be more of a prospect in his immediate beginning with the club, but playing time will be available to him if the move is made. 


Gonzalo Higuain

A deal has not yet been made in a potential Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal move, but talks between the two clubs are at an "advanced stage," according to Higuain's father per Geoff Sweet of The Sun

The Gunners are ready to pay a club-record £22million for the Argentine, who is also wanted by Juventus.

Jorge Higuain played down suggestions that personal terms — reported to be £150,000 a week — have been agreed, but said a deal is close.

He insisted: “Nothing has yet been signed but I assure you the negotiations between the clubs are at an advanced stage. We won’t agree a contract before the clubs reach a transfer deal. I’m sure Arsenal made a big offer, and Juventus.”

This move is nothing new for Gunners fans, as the Real Madrid striker seemed set for a move last week. But it does confirm that there is serious interest and that a deal could be made in days or even possibly hours, with either Arsenal or Juventus.

A deal would likely be a Arsenal transfer record, with Andrey Arshavin's £15 million deal from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2009 currently holding that claim. 

Arsenal seem to have high hopes of Higuain coming in to replace the void left by Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie. If Arsene Wenger can pull this off, it'll make for one of the biggest transfer moves of the offseason.

Surely, Madrid have more important things to worry about with Higuain out of favor and Los Blancos being linked to the likes of Edinson Cavani according to Sky Sports, and Wayne Rooney, per Rob Draper of the Daily Mail. But it could mean some more money for Madrid's pocketbooks if a deal gets done.