Arsenal hierarchy lay out Isco transfer conditions as Mikel Arteta eyes Real Madrid star
Arsenal: Arteta reacts to 1-0 win over Brighton
Arsenal’s hierarchy want Real Madrid to pay a part of Isco’s wages if they’re to sign him on loan in the January transfer window, according to reports. The playmaker has struggled for minutes over at the Bernabeu, with Zinedine Zidane now ready to cut him loose in the New Year. And a move to the Premier League could now be on the cards.
Arsenal want to sign a playmaker to boost Arteta’s chances of steering the club away from a relegation dogfight.
Though the Gunners have recently returned to winning ways it’s been a chastening season so far, with the north London side currently sitting 13th in the table.
Arteta decided to leave Ozil out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads back in the summer, a decision he could be forgiven for regretting.
And CBS Sports say Arsenal hold a ‘formative interest’ in Isco.
A half season loan is on their list of potential January options but they want Real to stump up at least some cash on the player’s wages.
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Arsenal ‘do not want to panic buy a new creator’ at the current moment in time, instead preferring to save the bulk of their money until the summer.
Isco is also wanted by Sevilla, with former Real boss Julen Lopetegui eyeing a reunion with the 28-year-old.
And Arsenal also have Norwich playmaker Emiliano Buendia on their radar, with the midfielder helping the Canaries to the top of the Championship table.
Arsenal are said to be looking for new defenders, too, with David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis all out of contract at the end of the season.
And whether they’re able to strengthen Arteta’s faltering side remains to be seen.
The Arsenal boss was recently asked about Isco and said: “The last few results won’t change our approach to the window.
“And obviously we can’t talk about any individual players.”
Arteta was delighted after Arsenal’s narrow 1-0 win over Brighton, with Alexandre Lacazette giving them all three points.
“Any manager it’s hard enough considering the context – it’s been quite a challenge,” he said after his sides win at the Amex Stadium.
“I’ve suffered in some moments but I have great people around me.
“This period has been so important. We had a tough week, it wasn’t so much about performances but about results yet you need results to start the confidence.
“Now with two wins, everybody is in a better mood. We’ve managed to get through this period while maintaining our team spirit and cohesion.
“It has been frustrating with defeats and that can affect the team but hopefully we can now go on a runs in a positive direction.”
Arsenal are next in action against West Brom on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s side recently drew with Liverpool but were thumped 5-0 by Leeds in their Premier League showdown on Tuesday night.
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