Arsenal begin transfer negotiations for La Liga giants misfit

Arsenal continue to be associated with a move for Real Madrid’s Isco, and La Razon now cover reports from Spanish radio to say the north Londoners have made contact about landing him.

His contract with Los Blancos expires in the summer, by which time he will be 30-years-of-age, and it is unlikely he is going to be handed a renewal.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has given his player 177 minutes in La Liga thus far this season, spread over seven matches, and the Italian hasn’t fielded the midfielder once in the UEFA Champions League.

Indeed, he has only had 11 minutes of action since the start of autumn, with him being brought on when the Galacticos were already 4-1 up versus Granada.

The same report says Madrid have not been happy with the star’s behaviour, Isco’s got an attitude problem and has shown irritation during games and also in training.

Mikel Arteta’s side may well have looked at him, yet it is unlikely they would want to hand Isco a big contract considering his situation.

Sevilla have also been mentioned, and that looks a likelier transfer, although they’d certainly also be concerned over financially committing too much to the Spain international.

In spite of all the trophies he has picked up along the way, his career has not really gone the way many hoped it’d.

Arsenal given fresh hope over potential transfer of Man City man

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling reportedly views a potential switch to Arsenal as ‘extremely attractive’.

The 26-year-old star is out of contract with the Citizens in 2023 and has struggled for regular minutes this season, leading to talk of a move elsewhere.

Barcelona are understood to be the favourites to sign Sterling in the winter transfer market, but a reunion with manager Mikel Arteta in North London has also been mooted.

Now, journalist Ian McGarry states that a transfer to the Emirates Stadium would be of interest to the wide man, telling the Transfer Window Podcast:

“It’s the case that his representatives have met with Manchester City and are saying to them that their player does not wish to continue or indeed explore an extension on his contract.

“Instead they would prefer to explore the option of a loan deal, which they would like to begin in the January window. Whether or not that’s possible remains to be seen but there are several interested parties, including Arsenal.

“We know that Sterling himself turned down the opportunity to join Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent basis last summer but the idea of moving back to London, the idea of having the guarantee, almost, of a starting place in another elite Premier League club is extremely attractive to him.”

Arsenal sweating on fitness of 20-year-old England international

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka reportedly remains a doubt for his team’s trip to Manchester United in the PL on Thursday night, although the north Londoners are hopeful that no serious damage was done a few days ago.

The 20-year-old netted in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Newcastle on Saturday but then limped off the pitch just after the hour mark.

The thigh problem is not said to be serious and the player’s substitution was precautionary, with manager Mikel Arteta saying after the victory:

‘It was an action where he said he felt something muscular. He wasn’t comfortable to continue and we’ll have to assess him.’

Arsenal go to Old Trafford last weekend as they look to continue their fine form and the Daily Mail state that they remain hopeful that Bukayo will be with them when the side travel north, but continue to assess the youngster ahead of that trip.

Saka has made 13 top-flight appearances so far this term, with 12 of those coming in Mikel’s starting XI and his goal versus Newcastle was his second in the division this season.

The England forward has been a big part of the Gunners’ upturn in form over the last several weeks which has seen them climb to fifth in the standings and only behind West Ham United in fourth on goal difference.