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Tottenham Or Arsenal? Which Club Is The Ideal Destination For This La Liga Star?

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Arka Tarun Mukherjee
Arsenal fan and football expert, Arka Tarun Mukherjee actually used to play cricket at semi pro level. An ardent student of football tactics, ATM is very passionate about the tactical aspects of the game and has a dream of being a football manager in the future.

If recent reports are to be believed then Isco Alarcon is now open to part with Spanish giants Real Madrid after failing to feature in the plans of Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane. Almost expectedly, the player of his quality has plenty of suitors Milan has already expressed their desire to take him to the San Siro in the last transfer window.

Arsenal are also a club who were very much interested in signing the Real Madrid man who has been a long-term target for manager Arsene Wenger. Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham are also another club who are supposedly keen on the Spanish midfielder.

Isco joined Real Madrid in 2013. Manchester City came close to sign him during that time but the player opted to sign for the Madrid club instead. In an interview with Cadena Cope, the 24-year-old said, “Leaving at Christmas is an option that I’m not contemplating. I’m not going to give up so easily, but if at the end of the season I see that I haven’t played much, I will look at my options. I’m 24 and if I don’t find a place in the starting line-up, I’d like to move. I know what I can do well and if not here, then I’d like to be able to do it elsewhere. I’m happy in Madrid, but what footballers want is to progress and if I can’t here, I wouldn’t have a problem in looking for an exit. My objective, though, is to triumph at Madrid.”

If Isco does move, then Arsenal and Tottenham would be two suitable options for the player in the Premier League. While Tottenham would offer him the scope of working with a brilliant young manager in Pochettino who is quickly gaining a reputation in the elite circle, Arsenal would provide a wonderful base to just slot into the spot of his compatriot Santi Cazorla.

AS reported on the deadline day of the last transfer window that Pochettino personally approached the player in a bid to lure him to White Hart Lane. While Isco would be a perfect fit in the dynamic shape of Tottenham’s midfield having the ability to drift out wide onto the flanks or stay central to thread in killer passes, the proposition of working under Arsene Wenger in a deep-lying playmaker role, something in which the player excelled at under Carlo Ancelotti can be too much to turn down.

Real Madrid's midfielder Isco (R) vies with Eibar's midfielder Pedro Leon during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs SD Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 2, 2016. / AFP / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Tutto Sport claimed that Juventus had Isco earmarked as their top summer target but a move to Italy has taken a back seat with the player himself confirming that a move to the Premier League is the likely destination for the future when he exclaimed, “I’m very happy at Real Madrid, but it is true that the choice of Malaga is there, it is my home. I like the Premier League a lot but I think about it as an option for the future. Now I’m only thinking about improving and working hard to earn a place in the Real Madrid line-up.”

It thus looks like if things don’t change at the Bernabeu, where he has made just one appearance this season, the Spaniard is likely to move to England with a possibility of returning to FC Malaga, for whom the player has a soft spot.

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