Isco has made it clear to Real Madrid bosses that he wants to leave the Bernabéu in January amid speculation linking him to Arsenal.
Several reports have linked the 28-year-old to a departure from the Spanish capital in recent months; speculation has arisen mainly about a verbal attack on Zinedine Zidane during game time.
As such, Everton would have shown interest in the past, although Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed those talks.
Either way, Madrid were reportedly 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 immaterial, reports on Friday claimed the Gunners were ready to make a move in January.
Now it seems that Arsenal’s hopes of landing the Spanish playmaker have risen. That’s after AS detailed various factors that have seen the Spaniard tell Los Blancos that he now wants out.
The main reason, of course, remains Isco’s lack of playing time. Zidane has used it more and more in moderation, and his minutes are reduced. Also, when given opportunities, he has often played a somewhat unnatural broad role.
Further, Isco He knows that he will need to ensure regular football if he has any chance of being part of the Spanish team for Euro 2020. He has not played for La Roja since June 2019, and Luis Enrique’s team looks strong in his absence.
And finally, strained relations with Zidane are reported to suggest that the writing could be on the wall for Isco. The player’s public criticism of his coach has reportedly not gone down well in the Real hierarchy.
“If it initiates me, it takes me off in the 50 or 60 minute, and if it brings me, I go into 80,” he said recently.
Whatever decision is made, AS is convinced that Isco will change clubs in January.
They claim to have a real hope of finding a club that is willing to cover their £ 130,000 weekly salary. The Whites could ratify a loan with an obligation to buy. The champions of Spain seek to release funds for the great summer, with Kylian Mbappé among those in the sights.
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Arteta has conversation with Willian
Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, did not reveal whether Willian would be in the squad for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Leeds, but stressed that there are other factors to consider.
“We had a conversation and I explained what I expected,” Arteta said.
“There are many personal factors at the moment and also on our side we have to be in their place.
“Many players have different problems, like any public person, and sometimes they make decisions based on the needs, the moment or what people expect of them.
“Whether they are right or not, then obviously is something we have to discuss. But, again, it has been treated in the right way and let’s move on. “
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