Report: Arsenal, Manchester City set to battle for Real Madrid’s Isco in January

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Isco is a wanted man.

The diminutive Spanish playmaker has failed to make a lasting impression at the Santiago Bernabeu since arriving from Malaga in 2013 and the 23-year-old could soon be heading to the Premier League, with reports linking both Arsenal and Manchester City with a January move for the Andalusian attacker.

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A report in Spanish publication Sport claims that Isco is now ready to move on from Real with both the Gunners and the Citizens keen on signing him this summer, but the Spanish international decided to stick around at the Santiago Bernabeu following Rafael Benitez’s arrival as their new boss.

However, with his situation under Benitez looking just as bleak as it did under old boss Carlo Ancelotti, Sports suggests that the attacking midfielder is ready for a change of scenery and both Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as Juventus, were mentioned as clubs who would want to snap him up.

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The big question here is: does either Arsenal or Man City really need another playmaker in the No. 10 role?

Look, there’s no doubting Isco’s talent but Arsenal have the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla in that role, while City have ample cover in that position with David Silva, Samir Nasri and Kevin De Bruyne.

If Isco does leave Real it will likely see the Spanish giants take a big hit on the $34 million they paid Malaga for the playmaker two years ago and when it comes to the most likely destination in the PL, perhaps City would be the favorites as Isco played under Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga. Isco is tied down to a long-term deal until 2018 with Madrid, but he is frustrated with the lack of playing time and doesn’t see it improving any time soon after being benched by Benitez for Real’s second game of the season.