Arsenal favourites to sign creative Spanish midfielder

Real Madrid’s Isco is reportedly weighing up his future at the Bernabeu and could still decide to quit the club at the end of the term.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were among the clubs mentioned with a move for the Spain international in the January transfer window having struggled for senior team football under Zinedine Zidane this campaign.

The 28-year-old star started back-to-back games against Atalanta and Real Sociedad in Real’s last two matches and is in contention for the starting eleven for this weekend’s crucial Madrid derby, with Atletico Madrid five points clear of their city rivals at the summit of La Liga.

Isco informed Los Blancos of his decision to leave the club last year but his changing fortunes could see shelve his plans for the summer, according to AS.

Whether or not Zinedine remains in charge at the club could also play a factor.

The report adds Sevilla are keen on bidding for Isco this summer, a move Isco could favour to be closer to his hometown of Malaga.

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo is also an admirer while teams in England are said to be monitoring the situation.

The Gunners considered a move for the midfielder during the January transfer market, reported at the time that any deal to bring the player to north London would be an initial loan deal.

They eventually opted for another Galacticos creator in Martin Odegaard, who has helped fill a creative void in the midfield.

The Norwegian has admitted he’d be open to joining Arsenal on a permanent basis at the end of the campaign. Isco sticking with Real beyond this summer could boost their hopes of doing just that.