Arsenal Transfer News: Isco Fee Named by Real Madrid, Latest Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2016

SEVILLE, SPAIN - JANUARY 24: Francisco Roman Alarcon alias Isco of Real Madrid CF controls the ball during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Benito Villamarin on January 24, 2016 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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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:

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.

It's tough to see Madrid selling Isco for £25 million.
It's tough to see Madrid selling Isco for £25 million.Francisco Seco/Associated Press

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.