Arsenal chief Edu tells Mikel Arteta of transfer condition to secure Real Madrid Isco loan

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Arsenal have a “genuine” interest in signing Real Madrid midfielder Isco on loan in January, according to reports. However, Gunners technical director Edu has made Mikel Arteta aware that he would have to let a player leave the club first before facilitating a deal for the Spain international. Isco has been out of favour at Real this season, making just three La Liga starts.

Arsenal are one of a number of clubs across Europe to be linked with the 28-year-old.

Everton are another Premier League side said to be interested in signing Isco but reports from Spain say Sevilla are his preferred destination.

Arsenal are in need of a creative midfielder after scoring just 15 goals in as many Premier League games this season ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Brighton.

Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia and Barcelona’s Riqui Puig are also said to be on the club’s radar.

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But according to PA, Isco is a top target for Mikel Arteta.

PA reporter Mark Mann-Bryans says Real would have to pay part of Isco’s wages, even if Arsenal sell a member of their first-team squad.

He tweeted: “Arsenal interest in Isco is genuine. Would be a half-season loan but very early stages and depends on several factors.

“Madrid would have to pay a percentage of his wage and even then it would be dependent on Arsenal shifting at least one out first.

“But they are keen.”

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Isco hasn’t made over 20 La Liga starts in a season since the 2017/18 campaign.

He has had a number of minor injuries in recent years which has seen him fall down the pecking order at the Bernabeu.

Isco has made 318 appearances in total for Real since joining from Malaga in 2013, scoring 51 goals.

He won the last of his 38 caps for Spain in June 2019.

Meanwhile, Arsenal picked up their first win in seven Premier League matches on Boxing Day with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea.

And manager Arteta says the performance against Chelsea was the blueprint for how he wants his team to play going forward.

“I saw a lot of things that I really liked from the start [against Chelsea],” Arteta said.

“One of them is the courage that we have to play and the energy that we showed and how aggressive we were with the ball and the energy that the team was transmitting in a football match.

“We were very direct, we were playing forward and we were really attacking.

“There was a lot of movement, the spaces were always occupied and we were a threat in behind. There were a lot of things.

“But it depends on the players, it depends on the opponents but on Saturday it was close to a lot of things that we want, for sure.”

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