Real Madrid Transfers: 3 possible destinations for Isco next season

Real Madrid, Isco (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Martin Odegaard of Arsenal (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

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Martin Odegaard is set for a second return to the Spanish capital at the end of the season when his loan spell with Arsenal expires. Isco would be the ideal replacement for the Norwegian at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are linked with the likes of Houssem Aouar and Julian Brandt, however, Isco would be a comparatively cheaper signing than the mentioned duo. Arsenal have struggled with the pandemic as it has depleted their financial resources and the club will be looking into the option of signing a few affordable players to add depth to their squad.

However, at the North London club, Isco would have to compete for a spot in the starting eleven with Emile Smith Rowe. The latter would certainly be Mikel Arteta’s first choice over the Spaniard not because of his performances but also because of his physicality that is an important attribute in the Premier League to win fixtures.

Isco’s lethargic work rate in the midfield will certainly not last long in the Premier League which is why the Spaniard has more chances of being introduced from the bench in league games. However, England also have two domestic cup competitions- the FA Cup and the EFL Cup which means that Isco could receive a decent amount of minutes as Areta would have to rotate his squad often to avoid overworking any starter.

The only reason why Isco might snub a move to Arsenal could be because they cannot offer European football next season. Arsenal are currently placed ninth on the table and are certain of missing out on the Champions League and Europa League next season. However, the UEFA Europa Conference League is expected to start next season which is considered to be the third level of European club football competitions after the UCL and UEL.