A La Liga expert has warned that Real Madrid could lose fringe star Isco to their rivals as he approaches the last year of his contract. Meanwhile, Arda Turan could be on his way to Arsenal as long as they can match his £25 million valuation.
Sky Sports' La Liga Weekly panellist Terry Gibson has said Real will need to be on their toes this summer if they want to keep hold of Isco.
When asked on the show whether Barca would be interested in the midfielder, Gibson responded (via the Daily Star's Jack Wilson):
If Real Madrid don't satisfy him, I think every major club in Europe would want Isco. It's a problem for Real Madrid because they have a world-class player on their hands but he has to be considering his future.
It's not enough for him to be playing in what is a second string.
I think it's a crying shame for any supporter, because he's a popular player. It's not just Real Madrid fans who like him, football supporters in general want to see players like Isco, who can light up a game.
The 25-year-old is once again approaching the end of a campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu having been left somewhat unfulfilled by his record of 21 starts across all competitions.
Despite that less-than-inspiring total, Isco recently showcased his might with a match-winning display against Sporting Gijon, and Statman Dave celebrated the Spaniard playing to his potential:
Turkish Football @Turkish_Futbol1
No word from Arda Turan's agent yet, last time we contacted him about the Times reporting a £25m bid he denied it. Let's see this time2017-4-19 12:02:33
Isco has fallen victim to a stream of competition in Spain's capital, but with a little more than one year left on his contract, even Barcelona may stand a chance of competing for his services.
Real wouldn't sell to their rivals under normal circumstances, but desperate times may call for desperate measures, and Barca's midfield renovation could begin with a most unlikely signing.
Meanwhile, CNN Turk (h/t Mirror) reported Barca would be willing to let Turan leave the Camp Nou as long as they get £25 million for their man, and the Gunners have long been viewed as one of the playmaker's biggest admirers.
Manager Arsene Wenger's side were linked with the Turkey international during his days at Atletico Madrid before he moved to Catalonia in the summer of 2015, and a lack of playing time could create the opening he needs to seal the deal.
Turkish Football's Emre Sarigul cited previous exit speculation attached to Turan, with the terms set to change this time as Barca boss Luis Enrique prepares to leave the Camp Nou at the end of this season:
Statman Dave @StatmanDave
.@isco_alarcon Sporting Gijon vs. Real Madrid Most goals: Isco (2) Most dribbles: Isco (10) Most passes: Isco (92) Most touches: Isco (118) Playmaker. https://t.co/qkCam2oRX32017-4-18 16:20:02
That change in manager could lead to a squad makeover, and Turan—who has started only 19 times this season—could be one of the figures deemed surplus to requirements by the new man at the helm.
Last month, Turan's agent, Ahmet Bulut, told ESPN FC's Eren Sarigul there had been no offers from Arsenal for his client, who is said to be seen by the Gunners as a potential replacement for Mesut Ozil should he leave.
Bulut said: "There is currently no offer, there is nothing to speak of right now. I have not been contacted by Arsenal. As I said before, he is happy at Barcelona and has three years left on his contract."