Arsenal can finally complete bargain seven-year transfer mission after Real Madrid admission

By Daniel Orme

Arsenal could have the perfect opportunity to seal the bargain signing of Real Madrid midfielder Isco, with Fiorentina having seemingly rejected the prospect of taking him to Serie A.

The Spanish playmaker has been linked with a move to the Emirates on a number of occasions in the past, rumours initially emerging in 2015, whilst there was also talk in the previous summer window that the Gunners retain an interest.

As of now, Isco remains a Real Madrid player but that might not be the case for long with his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expiring at the end of the season.

It was suggested that Serie A outfit Fiorentina were interested in the services of the four-time Champions League winner but that has now been refuted by the club’s director Daniele Prade.

As quoted by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, he said: “We’re not going to sign Isco, no way.

“We don’t even know who his agents are.”

Despite the Italian outfit having seemingly pulled out of the race for the 29-year-old, his future is set to be settled sooner rather than later.

With his expiring contract, he will either elect to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu - somewhat unlikely - or instead seal a free transfer elsewhere.

In all, Isco has made 346 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 52 goals but has only been afforded two starts by Carlo Ancelotti this season having suffered with inconsistent form, injury and Covid-19.

Whether Arsenal make a play for his signature remains to be seen. The Gunners are currently well-stocked in attacking midfield following the summer arrival of Isco’s former Real Madrid teammate Martin Odegaard, as well as the emergence of academy graduate Emile Smith Rowe.

Meanwhile, whilst the north Londoners would not have to pay a transfer fee for the 38-time Spanish international, it would be hard to envisage Arsenal paying the £200k per-week wages that Isco is currently earning with Real Madrid.

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