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Arsenal eyeing double January swoop on Real Madrid – reports
According to reports, Arsenal are eyeing a double swoop on Real Madrid this January for attacking duo Isco and Jese Rodriguez.
Arsene Wenger has been widely criticised for failing to bring in a single outfield player during the summer window with goalkeeper Petr Cech our only significant new addition to the squad.
We’ve still enjoyed a solid start in the Premier League [Europe's been a disaster] but it appears the boss is still making preparations for January and has his eye on two of Real Madrid’s attacking talents.
The Mirror are carrying reports from Spain that claim Arsenal are ready to move for playmaker Isco and striker Jese when the window reopens this winter.
Isco has long been linked with a move to the Emirates but the speculation is intensifying once again with the newspaper suggesting Arsene will test Madrid’s resolve with a £22m offer.
The 23-year-old has been in-and-out of the first team under new boss Rafa Benitez this season but he’s yet to find the target in his nine appearances so far, and he’s struggled to find his best form.
There have been rumours that Isco could be looking for a new challenge but I’d personally be surprised if he was to leave the Bernabeu in January, and certainly not for as little as £22m.
However, we could have more luck with our attempts to land Jese. The Mirror say we’ll try to sign the striker on an initial loan with a view to a permanent deal next summer.
The 22-year-old has made just three appearances in the Madrid first team this season as he’s behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order so he could be open to the idea of moving if it meant more game-time.
The problem is, I’m not sure we could guarantee him much more regular action that he’s currently getting at Madrid. Walcott is establishing himself as our No.1 striker ahead of Giroud and with Welbeck due back in early January, Jese is going to face some stiff competition at Arsenal too.
I think we could do with more depth up front and Jese would be a decent addition, but I’m just not sure the player would be any better off coming to North London.
It’s going to be interesting to see what Arsene does in January and much will depend on whether we’re still mountain a serious title challenge or not. If we’re still in touch at the top, I hope the boss goes for it by bringing in a couple of signings that could make the difference during the run-in.