The 23-year-old has struggled to retain a solid foothold in the Bernabeu side’s starting eleven since his move to the Spanish capital from Malaga back in 2013, and the arrival of Rafa Benitez hasn’t helped matters.
Isco started Real Madrid’s opening fixture against Sporting Gijon, before being substituted, and then watched on from the bench as Benitez’s side thumped Real Betis 5-0 in their second La Liga encounter.
The attacking midfielder has to battle the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and new signing Mateo Kovacic for a spot in the Real Madrid side, and is a hugely talented player who is seemingly very much on the radar of many of Europe’s ‘elite’ clubs.
Man City’s interest is perhaps unsurprising given that Etihad Stadium boss Manuel Pellegrini proved a huge influence on Isco’s career during their shared time at Malaga, although one wonders quite how the Real Madrid man would force himself into the big-spending side, particularly following the recent arrivals of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
Arsenal possess a number of players similar to Isco and would arguably be better off looking to resolve ‘problem-areas’ in their squad, with Arsene Wenger in need of a prolific forward as well as an experienced defensive midfielder.