Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur 'to battle for Isco'

Isco and Fernando Torres in action during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on February 27, 2016
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly do battle for the services of Real Madrid's out-of-favour striker Isco.

London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to go head to head to secure the services of Real Madrid striker Isco.

The 24-year-old is out of favour under Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and has made just four La Liga appearances so far this term, all as a late substitute.

According to Spanish publication Diario Madridista, Isco's contract ends in 2018 and Madrid are tempted to cash out next summer rather than offer him a new deal.

Arsenal and Spurs are two potential destinations, while Manchester City have been credited with a longer-term interest and a return to Malaga could also be on the cards.

Asked recently about his contract situation, Isco told Marca: "The truth is that I have not yet thought about it, nor have they asked me to renew, so I am calm. I take it day by day, which is important.

"It seems a little weird [that Real haven't spoken about it yet], but I can't do anything. If they don't want me to renew, I won't go asking for it. It's something for the club to decide, not me."

Isco joined Madrid from fellow La Liga side Malaga in 2013 in a £25m deal.

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