Arsenal should opt against signing Real Madrid midfielder Isco and instead target defensive midfielder Casemiro.
The Spaniard has fallen out of favour with manager Rafael Benitez and could make a move to the Premier League in due course.
However, with midfielder Francis Coquelin sidelined, Arsene Wenger should instead focus on adding a bruising midfield enforcer to his ranks rather than yet another flair player.
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With players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, Madrid have an attacking arsenal more formidable than most teams on the planet.
However, their attacking edge has been blunted by Benitez’s tactics this term, with the La Liga club horribly exposed during the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona on November 21.
Players are reportedly unhappy with Benitez’s managerial methods, with Ronaldo one of a number of high-profile players to be linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Isco could follow him out of the door having been sent off in the Barcelona mauling for petulantly chopping down Brazilian starlet Neymar, sparking suggestion he is unhappy with life in Madrid.
And history suggests that no player is guaranteed a long stay at Los Blancos, with high-quality players Mesut Ozil, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Angel Di Maria all departing over the years.
One thing the Arsenal midfield is not short of is flair and attacking intent.
Ozil, who plays in the same number ten position as Isco, is in the form of his life and would no doubt feel angered if a similar player was brought into the club.
Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey can all also operate in a similar role, as can injured duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere.
Wenger has also proven in the past that he will only fork out a big transfer if his team really desire a player in the right position, and an anchorman would be the chief priority on his list.
Instead of vying for Isco, Wenger should inquire about teammate Casemiro, who has been the sole success of Benitez’s turbulent reign.
After the exit of Sami Khedira, the 23-year-old is the one player that offers a defined defensive mindset in the heart of the Madrid midfield.
Wenger is also reportedly monitoring the likes of Christoph Kramer and Luiz Gustavo as he bids to add the steel required to transform his side from title contenders to title champions.
Regardless of his obvious qualities, Isco would be an unwanted luxury in north London rather than the player the Gunners crave.