Isco has decided that he wants to leave Real Madrid, with the Premier League thought to be his ideal destination.
This has put the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea on alert, with all three clubs believed to be interested in signing the Spanish star, according to Fichajes.net.
The 23-year-old has declared that he wants a “change in scenery”.
The signing of Mateo Kovacic in the summer from Inter Milan has left Isco finding it difficult to earn a place in the first team, and his form has suffered as a result.
Would it work?
This is probably the sort of question that keeps Arsene Wenger up at night – can he slot another attacking player into his side.
The reality is that the Gunners really do not need another option in that role.
However, the injury suffered by Aaron Ramsey may tempt Wenger into considering a bid for an attacking player in January.
While he can still call on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, Ramsey has played a key role while operating from the right.
Given that Wenger now sees Theo Walcott as a striker, that leaves him with only Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the berth on the right wing while Ramsey is out.
With Arsenal now pushing for the title, Wenger may feel he needs another option.
In Liverpool’s case, Isco would be an excellent signing and immediately freshen up Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Given the German manager has had to pick a narrow and oddly creativity free midfield in his first few games, having a player like Isco available would only benefit the Anfield club.
If Isco has genuinely requested a move, there is no reason why Arsenal or Liverpool could not bring him in.
However, as Premier League sides have learned (see: Arsenal/Karim Benzema, Man Utd/Sergio Ramos), players at Real often use English sides to earn bigger contracts.
This one could be that again, or could actually be a case of Isco seeking a route out of the Santiago Bernabeu.
Not out of the realms of possibility.
Rumour rated: 3/5