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Arsenal Transfer News: Isco Offered Real Madrid Hope Amid Talk of Summer Exit

VALENCIA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22: Isco of Real Madrid looks on during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Mestalla on December 22, 2013 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014

Arsenal are reportedly lining up a £30 million bid for unsettled Real Madrid star Isco, but his Real Madrid adventure may not be over just yet.

The 21-year-old has suffered limited opportunities this season after moving from Malaga in the summer. As reported by Metro, the creative midfielder appears to be distressed by his lack of progression at the Bernabeu:

After reports emerged this week that he has become fed up with life at the Bernabeu, Arsenal are said to be working on an offer of about £30million.

It's claimed that Isco is unhappy with manager Carlo Ancelotti's training methods and that he feels he is not progressing as a player under the Italian's stewardship.

Isco's opportunities have remained stunted this campaign. Much like his summer move across La Liga, the talented playmaker is struggling to emerge from the shadow of Gareth Bale, who continues to make an impact with stunning goals for Los Blancos.

Carlo Ancelotti has provided Isco with 18 starts and six substitute appearances across the Spanish division and Champions League, per WhoScored.com. He has completed 90 minutes just once since the beginning of Dec. 2013, playing less than 20 minutes in six of his 13 appearances during this time.

It's a far cry from the beginning of the season, when Isco appeared composed and ready to strengthen Real's title charge. He remained on the pitch at all times across his opening four competitive games, scoring three and assisting one at the onset of an exciting year for Ancelotti's men.

The Italian boss, though, discussed Isco's future role in glowing terms during his post-match press conference after the 3-0 victory over Elche on Feb. 22. It was a game that saw the Spaniard notch his first goal since Dec. 14.

Real's official website carried Ancelotti's quotes, which appeared to offer fresh hope to the playmaker:

Isco can play in the centre of midfield or as a false nine. He was great today. I am positive that he can play in that position, which requires more sacrifice. He is a quality player and can do a good job there.

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 30: Francisco Roman Alarcon (alias Isco) (R) of Real Madrid competes for the ball with Gilberto Garcia (alias Alcatraz) (L) of Real Valladolid CF during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Valladolid CF at Estadio Sa
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Whether Isco wishes to move away from his traditional attacking midfield role remains to be seen. With players such as Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema at the club, there's little surprise the youngster is finding it difficult to put together a consistent run of first-team performances.

Isco is the type of player who would naturally aid Arsenal's free-flowing, passing football. The Gunners were so heavily linked with Julian Draxler throughout January—but with Bayern Munich reportedly eyeing up the German prodigy, per Stefan Coerts of Goal.comIsco provides an excellent alternative if Arsene Wenger is to miss out.

Arsenal's midfield is stacked with creative talent right now, but even though the squad is longing for a new striker, Isco's presence would be more than welcome at the Emirates.

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