Isco ready to leave the Bernabeu with London clubs interested
Real Madrid midfielder Isco has admitted he is ready to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for a “change of scenery” with Chelsea and Arsenal awaiting.
The 23-year-old has fell down the pecking order since Rafa Benitez’s arrival in the capital, having been given the chance to display his talents under previous boss Carlo Ancelotti.
However, despite falling out of favour with Benitez, the club will demand a £32.5 million fee for the player if he is to leave Real in January. That would be a £12.5 million profit, having brought the attacking midfielder from Malaga in 2013.
Isco fighting off competition
The Spain international is currently having to fight off competition from Mateo Kovacic, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and James Rodriguez for a place in Real’s side, having made 12 appearances for the club so far this season.
Chelsea are struggling in the Premier League, with 10 points from 11 games and could bring the midfielder in as a replacement for out-of-form Eden Hazard if he leaves Stamford Bridge, like some reports are suggesting.
Arsenal meanwhile, are under pressure to sign an outfield player having gone all summer without making a outfield signing and currently lacking options with injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Tuesday’s League Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Mesut Ozil isn’t getting the goals that manager Arsene Wenger would like at Arsenal and therefore Isco could be seen as an alternative option to provide more goals from midfield, should he be given a regular role in the starting XI.
Isco has won the Champions League, Club World Cup, Super Cup and Copa del Rey during his time at Real, however, the league title has so far eluded him.