A pair of updates surrounding the January transfer plans of Premier League giants Arsenal have been forthcoming online on Tuesday evening.
Costa ruled out
The first surrounds Diego Costa.
The name of former Chelsea hitman Costa has begun to swirl in the media over recent hours, on the back of his departure from Atletico Madrid.
Amid another disappointing campaign, during which the 32-year-old had managed starts in just two of the La Liga table-toppers’ 13 league outings, confirmation that Costa’s Atleti contract had been terminated was forthcoming earlier today:
Agreement with @diegocosta for the termination of his contract.
The club wishes the striker the best of luck in the next stage of his professional career.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 29, 2020
Despite his recent struggles, the one-time Spanish international is not expected to remain club-less for long, though, with a host of sides no doubt keen on the free agent addition of an experienced goalscorer.
One such outfit to have already been tipped as a potential destination for Costa, meanwhile, have been Arsenal.
Word stemming from the Spanish media suggested that Mikel Arteta and co. would be interested in the veteran hitman as a winter reinforcement to the club’s frontline.
Such claims, however, have since been definitively shut down.
As per a report from reliable English outlet The Times, the Gunners have made it clear that Costa is ‘not on their list of transfer targets’.
Instead, Premier League rivals Wolves, on the back of the long-term injury picked up by Raul Jimenez, have been tipped to launch an offensive for the out-of-contract Spaniard:
Wolves could turn to Diego Costa as a replacement for the injured Raúl Jiménez after the 32-year-old agreed to end his contract at Atletico Madrid and become a free agent from January@garyjacob reportshttps://t.co/vVluhvJGQ7
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) December 29, 2020
Elsewhere, an update on Arsenal’s rumoured interest in Isco has also been forthcoming.
Real Madrid star Isco, much like Costa, has endured an underwhelming season thus far, having fallen well down the midfield pecking order of Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane.
In turn, it has already been suggested that the Spanish international is ready to push for a January move away from the Bernabeu:
ICYM yesterday’s big news, Isco has decided he’s had enough of warming the Real Madrid bench and informed the Bernabéu big wigs that he’s jolly well off in January. There will be no shortage of suitors for the Málagan magician. https://t.co/TzxO7wX3mj
— AS English (@English_AS) November 21, 2020
Arsenal, amid a concerning lack of creativity to this point in the campaign, in turn, have inevitably been named as one potential suitor.
If the latest updates spreading across the media on Tuesday are to be believed, though, then claims of interest on the part of the north Londoners may in fact have more basis than simple paper talk.
The aforementioned Times report surrounding Costa pointed towards a possible pursuit of Isco, with journalist Mark Mann-Bryans of PA Sport having since provided further insight into the situation.
The keenness of Mikel Arteta and co. is said to be very much ‘genuine’, with a loan for the 2nd-half of the campaign, whereby Real would help to cover the midfielder’s wages, being eyed:
Arsenal interest in Isco is genuine.
Would be a half-season loan but very early stages and depends on several factors.
Madrid would have to pay a percentage of his wage and even then it would be dependent on Arsenal shifting at least one out first.
But they are keen. #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) December 29, 2020
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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