Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a bid for Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco, joining Chelsea and Manchester City in the race.
Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, or 'Isco' for short, joined Real Madrid from Malaga in 2013 for £26.4m. At that time, many top clubs were courting the young man, Arsenal being one of the most interested parties.
Arsenal signed both Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal from Isco's old club Malaga. They took advantage of the club's state of financial chaos and Wenger, in true Wenger style, got two of this season's best performers for next to nothing (in relative terms).
Now that Isco is at Real Madrid, however, he won't be cheap. But Arsenal aren't afraid of splashing the cash anymore and, in fact, the Spanish giants are their favoured shopping venues. Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez have arrived from Real and Barca respectively in the past two summer windows. Could Isco be next?
Well, it'd seem unlikely considering the amount of midfielders Arsenal have at the moment. It's probably more likely that they go all out for an out and out striker.
Man City were rumoured to all but have had a deal done in 2013 before Isco chose Real instead. Now they seem very interested again and Chelsea are also ready to flex their financial muscles after a quiet summer thus far. Arsenal won't be able to offer the same wages as the other two clubs, even if they are truly interested. Therefore, it's most likely Chelsea or City get a deal done.