The Gunners expect a busy winter transfer window, with a Spanish string shooter destined to add creativity to the midfield
Arsenal will have to play a waiting game to land Isco from Real Madrid in January, but are close to making a deal with Schalke for Sead Kolasinac.
The Bosnian defender is expected to complete a loan at his former club in Germany until the end of the season, with confirmation expected in the coming days.
According to Arsenal sources, the deal is currently being “processed” with all parties hoping for a quick conclusion.
The Gunners are eager to get several players out of the squad in January, with Sokratis another who could leave before the end of the month.
William Saliba, Reiss Nelson and Calum Chambers could follow Kolasinac on loan, while Arsenal are said to be open to allowing Shkodran Mustafi to leave, should a suitable offer come in.
Mesut Ozil is another player Arsenal are hoping to move on but that outcome remains unlikely as the former Germany international remains steadfast in his desire to see his contract before leaving this summer.
Arsenal know they have to remove players from the squad before they can bring in players.
Failure to do so during the summer window meant they ended up with 19 non-local senior players on their squad who were over 21. squad of men.
This meant that two senior stars could not be signed up to play during the first half of the season, with Ozil and Sokratis the players who were sacked.
This has led to some disagreement behind the scenes and Arteta is keen to ensure that a similar situation does not arise in the second half of the season.
And so, at Arsenal, the focus is now on moving players before they join the squad during the winter window.
Finalizing the deal with Schalke for Kolasinac will be a big boost, although it is understood that Arsenal will contribute part of the 27-year-old’s salary while he is in Germany.
Arteta’s priority when it comes to arrivals is to add an attacking midfielder to his ranks, with Real Madrid star Isco being a target.
With a shortage of money at the Emirates Stadium, loan deals are much more likely than permanent deals in January and Arsenal are exploring the possibility of bringing in the Spain international until the summer.
Sources close to Isco, however, are unsure whether Madrid will allow him to get through the middle of the season.
Although the 28-year-old hasn’t been a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane, he’s still featured in 10 of Madrid’s 16 league games this season and the Spanish champions don’t want to weaken their squad at a time when they are already lagging behind. neighbors Atletico in the title race.
With Euro 2020 coming to the end of the season, Isco is eager to leave for more consistent minutes during the second half of the campaign. The player, however, is yet to find out whether he will be allowed to leave, with Sevilla also seen as interested.