Arsenal ready to pay €70million for transfer of ideal Mesut Ozil replacement

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Arsenal are reportedly ready to go as high as €70million to seal the transfer of Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco.

Manchester City and Juventus are also listed as being among the Spain international’s admirers, though Los Blancos want €100m for him if they are to let him go, according to Don Balon.

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Isco has been linked with Arsenal in recent times in an intriguing report from the Independent, who suggested the Gunners could try landing him in a swap deal involving Mesut Ozil.

The German playmaker is out of favour under Unai Emery at the moment and the club could perhaps do with replacing a player who is now 30 and who has never exactly been the most reliable hard-worker or man to take a big game by the scruff of the neck.

Isco could be an ideal replacement, offering similar creativity but arguably more of a goal threat and more all-round work rate on the pitch.

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Isco in action for Real Madrid

Still, according to Don Balon, Arsenal will need to cough up far more money than they’re currently prepared to.

That’s a lot of money for them, however, with the north London giants’ current transfer record just the £56m paid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last January, according to BBC Sport.

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