Isco has made it clear to Real Madrid bosses that he wants to leave the Bernabeu in January amid speculation linking him to Arsenal.
Several reports have linked the 28-year-old with a departure from the Spanish capital in recent months; speculation has mainly arisen on a verbal attack on Zinedine Zidane over playing time.
As such, Everton have reportedly shown interest in the past, although Carlo Ancelotti, the boss of Toffees, rejected such a speech.
In one way or another, Madrid were waiting for Arsenal – for whom Isco was a previous target – to rekindle their interest and create a bidding war.
And while Everton’s interest seems unimportant, reports on Friday claimed the Gunners were set to make a move in January.
Now, it looks like Arsenal’s hopes of landing the Spain playmaker have grown. It is after AS detailed several factors that saw the Spaniard tell Los Blancos he now wants out.
The main reason, of course, remains Isco’s lack of playing time. It was used more and more sparingly by Zidane, his minutes dwindling. In addition, when he had the chance, he often played a somewhat artificial role.
More, Isco knows he will have to ensure regular football if he has any chance of making it to Spain’s Euro 2020 squad. He hasn’t played for La Roja since June 2019, with Luis Enrique’s side appearing to be strong in his absence.
And finally, it has been reported that strained relations with Zidane suggest that the handwriting could be on the wall for Isco. The player’s public criticism of his coach has apparently not been well accepted by the hierarchy of Real.
“If he throws me, he takes me off in the 50th or 60th minute, and if he brings me in, I get to the 80th,” he said recently.
Whatever decision is made, AS are convinced that Isco will change clubs in January.
They claim Real are hoping to find a club willing to cover their £ 130,000 weekly salary. A loan agreement with obligation to buy could be ratified by Los Blancos. The Spanish champions are looking to release funds for the big summer, with Kylian Mbappe among those in their sights.
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Arteta has a conversation with Willian
Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, has not revealed whether Willian will be in the squad for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Leeds – but has pointed out there are other factors to consider.
“We had a conversation and I explained what I expected,” Arteta said.
“There are a lot of personal factors at the moment and also on our side, we have to be in their place.
“A lot of players have different issues, just like any public person, and sometimes they make decisions based on need, when or what people expect of them.
“Whether they’re right or wrong, after that obviously, that’s something we need to discuss. But, again, this has been dealt with in the right way and let’s move on.
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