The summer transfer summer window may have closed, but reports have started to emerge on how the Premier League clubs are making plans for January.
Liverpool and Arsenal have made less than impressive starts to the 2014-15 Premier League campaign and have reportedly started working on adding to their respective squads for the second half of the season.
One player who is allegedly on both their radars is Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco.
Nevermind the fact that he struggled for playing time last season and that neither Liverpool nor Arsenal have space for him in their respective starting line-ups, reports in the British media claimed last week that the Spain international is a wanted man in England.
The Express reported that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will 'focus on landing Isco, who is understood to be keen to test himself in the Premier League’.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, though, has pretty much dismissed all suggestions that Isco will leave in January, making it absolutely clear on Monday that the 22-year-old is an important part of his team.
Isco has long been hailed as the future creator-in-chief of both Madrid and Spain. Having made his breakthrough under then Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini (now at Manchester City) in the 2012-13 season, the youngster was rated so highly that Madrid let Mesut Ozil leave last summer.
Things have not quite gone according to plan for Isco, who lost his place in Madrid’s starting line-up last season because of a change in formation and failed to adapt to a new role.
However, the Spaniard has started the new season positively and Ancelotti’s confidence in him is certainly going to help him take his game to a whole new level.