Gunner eyeing playmaker.
Arsenal are targeting Malaga playmaker Isco and will lodge a £30m bid for the Spaniard this summer.
SOURCE: Daily Star
Spanish starlet Isco is flavour on the month once again after helping Malaga into a Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund his side’s second goal in the 2-0 last-16 win over Porto. But is a technical midfielder with average goalscoring statistics really what Arsenal need?
Isco was reportedly watched by both the Gunners and north London rivals Tottenham in the summer, while Manchester City and Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the 20-year-old.
There is no doubt that the youngster, who can play on the left-win, in the hole or even up-front, is a formidable talent and if Malaga, as expected, finally sell the former Valencia youngster in the summer, there will be a scramble for his signature, with the likes of Barcelona, PSG, Real Madrid all likely to be interested.
A fine passer, Isco is certainly an Arsene Wenger type player and it would be tricky to find a more stylish trio anywhere outside the Nou Camp if he were to line-up alongside Jack Wilshere and compatriot Santi Cazorla next season.
But Arsenal are hardly famed for their lavish spending under Wenger and the Gunners have much bigger problems than midfield creativity. The Gunners desperately need two quality centre-backs in the summer, while a new goalkeeper is also required (and looks increasingly likely to arrive after Wojciech Szczesny’s omission from the line-up at Bayern Munich). Finally, a new centre-forward (something that Isco is not, by the way) would be handy.
Even Wenger is surely not blind to these problems and the Frenchman will reportedly have cash to spend in the summer. Splashing it all on Isco would be very foolish indeed.