Arsenal are reportedly monitoring the situation around Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco ahead of a potential transfer swoop this summer.
Isco is set to meet new coach Carlo Ancelotti for talks over his immediate future with the club. If the former Everton boss decides the 28-year-old is surplus to requirements, Isco’s representatives will formulate an exit plan.
The Spain international has been linked with a move to North London for some time, with a succession of managers said to have been keen on the midfielder.
However, a move to North London may prove impossible for both the Gunners and Spurs this summer, because the attacker’s personal preference is to join a club competition in Europe.
With Arsenal out of continental competition altogether and Spurs resigned to playing in the newly former Europa Conference League, that could thwart both clubs potential moves for the 28-year-old all together.
Nevertheless, this may not prevent either club from trying to sign the Real Madrid player, with both in need of attacking reinforcements this summer.
Martin Odegaard will not be returning again to the Emirates Stadium after his loan last season, whilst Nuno Espirito Santo will be looking to revamp a stale Spurs squad.
Isco could be the one to solve both clubs problems, but his attitude has been questioned especially during the 2020/21 campaign. Early on into the La Liga season, the 28-year-old clashed with now ex-teammate Sergio Ramos amid a poor start to the season.
In addition to this, Isco was caught on camera complaining about manager at the time Zinedine Zidane ahead of El Clasico in October 2020.
In footage captured by Spanish channel Movistar+ before Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Barcelona, the player hits out at Zidane over his lack of minutes.
“If he has to take me off, it’s in the 50th or 60th minute of the game.” Isco says. “Sometimes at half time. If he has to bring me on, it’s in the 80th minute.”
That comment caused a reaction from Zidane, with the Frenchman deciding to limit Isco’s game time for the rest of the season as a result of his actions and his bad attitude.
The summer window is officially open, and it’s going to be tough to keep up with the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.
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Zidane admitted a few months after the incident in December 2020 that he was not giving Isco a chance due to the incident and the fall out it caused within the Madrid camp.
The 49-year-old told Spanish outlet Marca: “Isco is going to be an important player, it is true that he is not playing much and I am not giving Isco the opportunity to show the player that he is.
“I feel sorry for my players and I will never forget what I have lived with. He has to work hard to have another chance, but what is being talked about I can’t say anything because we do not control him.”
Isco only featured in 29 games in all competitions last season for the Spanish club, scoring no goals and creating two.