Rival optimistic Real Madrid let ‘magic’ £25m Arsenal target leave for free
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Rival optimistic Real Madrid let ‘magic’ £25m Arsenal target leave for free

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Fiorentina are ‘very optimistic’ over the chances that Real Madrid let reported Arsenal target Isco leave for free during the January transfer window.

That’s according to AS, who report I Viola are determined to strengthen over the winter to improve their European push. Vincenzo Italiano’s side are in the mix for a European berth next season, but trail Atalanta and Juventus.

The Artemio Franchi Stadium natives exit the Italian winter break six-points from Atalanta in the Champions League places. They also lag three-points behind Juventus in fifth, but hold a game in hand over the Bianconeri.

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President Rocco Commisso is determined to build on deals for Jonathan Ikone and Krzysztof Piatek to improve their chances. The Tuscany outfit paid €14m (£12m) for the former, while loaning the latter with a €15m (£12.5m) option.

Isco is now Commisso’s next goal, but Sporting Director Daniele Prade is first looking to sell Aleksandr Kokorin, Sofyan Amrabat and Marco Benassi. But as Isco’s contract expires in the summer, they are hopeful of a deal.

Arsenal may threaten Fiorentina’s hopes of Isco transfer from Real Madrid

Fiorentina are very optimistic that Real Madrid will let Isco leave for free in January to save on his wages. He earns €6.5m-a-season (£104k-a/w) net at the Santiago Bernabeu, and I Viola can present a tempting offer.

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But Arsenal could threaten Fiorentina’s plans, as the Gunners would also like a transfer for the Real Madrid playmaker. That’s according to Eurosport, who cited the Emirates Stadium as a possible destination in December.

Additionally, Arsenal plan to open talks with Isco ‘very soon’ over a transfer, given his lack of action at Real Madrid. The €30m (£25m) star – who Mauricio Pochettino believes is ‘magic’ – has played nine games this season.

Carlo Ancelotti has also only started Isco in two fixtures this term, for a total of 194-minutes across all competitions. He played no minutes in their Champions League group stage ties and just 16 La Liga minutes since September.

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