Arsenal have reportedly been advised a sum of £25 million would be enough to prise Isco away from Real Madrid in the final days of the January transfer window.
That’s according to El Confidencial (h/t Goal), which notes that while Manchester City are longstanding admirers of the Spanish playmaker, the Gunners are the side most likely to meet this valuation. Here’s a look at what he could potentially bring to the Emirates Stadium:
For £25 million, it’d be a deal worth doing from an Arsenal standpoint. Granted, the club is blessed with many brilliant attacking midfielders, but Isco is a special talent and it’s rare to get a player like him for such a low fee in the modern game.
The 23-year-old is one of the finest technical players in the game. Isco plays football with a natural swagger, possesses an inherent, easy touch and can scythe defences open with a pinpoint pass.
As noted here by OptaJose, he’s also a player who presses from the front, thus setting the tempo for the rest of the side:
13 - Isco made 13 recoveries against Betis, more than any other outfield player in a La Liga game for @realmadriden this season. Sacrifice.2016-1-25 18:54:03
However, it’s difficult to see Los Blancos letting him go for that amount. Since Zinedine Zidane took over in the Spanish capital, Isco has become a key player for this team, with the Frenchman using him ahead of James Rodriguez at the team’s creative crux.
Having waiting a long time for a regular run in the first team, Isco will not want to let this opportunity slip.
In Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal have a brilliant trio to operate behind the centre-forward, but a player like Isco would add another thrilling dimension to their attack. It'd be a huge surprise to see a deal done for £25 million, though.