Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea look set to battle it out to sign Real Madrid ace Isco, but is the transfer war for the Spaniard warranted?
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According to the Guardian, Chelsea were the first to make a move for the playmaker but saw their initial £20m bid rejected by the Spanish giants.
That in turn has alerted Arsene Wenger, as reported by the Daily Star, which could spark a bidding war between the London rivals, with the 23-year-old seen as a key component to improving their respective squads.
The Spanish international joined Madrid back in 2013 and he has since continued to develop his game and showcase his unquestionable skill.
Having shown creativity, versatility and a tireless attitude throughout his time in the Spanish capital, that in turn should make him a pivotal part of Rafa Benitez’s plans moving forward.
However, it appears as though Madrid are willing to let him leave this summer, and their loss could be the gain of either Arsenal or Chelsea.
Looking at Jose Mourinho’s squad, it is difficult to see the necessity behind signing Isco, given the options available to the Portuguese tactician.
According to the Express, Chelsea are willing to sell Oscar if they can land Isco, and that would then open up space in the squad for the Spaniard to shine.
Arsenal would arguably make more sense, as a central playmaker could compliment what Wenger has elsewhere, and Isco would have few problems fitting in with their style of play, while his workmanlike approach would undoubtedly be crucial too.
While the Spanish ace may have only scored six goals in 53 appearances last season, it shouldn’t take away from his influence on the team. His ability to link up play, break forward and offer another defensive body in midfield all make him the modern day player that any club would love to have.
His season was ‘disrupted’ too, in that former boss Carlo Ancelotti asked him to play in different roles due to the competition for places elsewhere. Nevertheless, the youngster went about his business and excelled out of position.
Furthermore, he would potentially seamlessly fit into the Premier League with ease, as his combination of pace, strength on the ball and vision would help him in making the transition.
The silky Spaniard has proven that he can perform at the highest levels, and given that he can make a difference with his individual brilliance and as part of a team, there is little doubt that his arrival would have a positive impact on either Chelsea or Arsenal.
Madrid may well live to regret the decision to sell him if it happens, but one of the two Premier League contenders will be left to rue their inability to sign him and that could have a significant effect on who runs out as champions next May.