There is a very simple reason Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal may cause Arsenal to start spending a bit of cash this summer.
That reason comes in the form of Spanish play maker Isco, the same guy who has been linked with about every top six club since the January transfer window opened and his name first appeared.
If the freshest reports are true and to be believed then Arsenal are ready to spend up to £30 million on him, which is worth it because he’s actually a very good player for a 20-year-old; eight goals in 27 La Liga games for Malaga.
However, that fee is the sticking point because Arsene Wenger has show his reluctance to spend big money on any players during his time at the club.
So what do Cazorla and Monreal have to do with it? Well, firstly, they both used to play for Malaga so they know the player, which gives Arsenal a different way in to talk to him other than the official route.
This helps because Isco has already stated that he doesn’t want to leave Malaga at the end of the season and would only consider leaving if the club needed to sell him to generate the cash.
Arsenal can use their two key signings, fresh from Malaga to convince Isco that Arsenal is the right club for him, although that will be difficult especially if the Gunners don’t secure Champions League football for next season.
The £30 million fee being quoted in some online media sources is not concrete. It’s based on the expectation that several clubs will compete to sign Isco this summer, causing the price to go up as a bidding war ensues.
There is no reason why Arsenal can’t be the club to sign him because they certainly have the resources which have been created through the accumulation of a large cash reserve and the fact the club does not have to pay off debts for the Emirates Stadium any more.
If he is a player that Arsene Wenger truly wants then Cazorla and Monreal could both play a significant part in getting him to sign, not in a harassing type of way but in terms of what they offer Isco.
They offer him familiarity in the respect that they are individuals that he already knows and they offer him the prospect of friendly faces, which helps when any player considers joining a foreign side.
Isco will find Arsenal a much less intimidating team to join because of the fact they both play there. However, it’s going to be one hell of a fight for Arsenal to sign him because of the calibre of other sides interested, sides that would step all over Arsenal to make sure they got him.
Arsenal fans, what do you make of these rumours?
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