Arsenal and Man City receive blow in chase for Spain international

Arsenal and Manchester City have received a blow in their chase for Real Madrid star Isco, according to reports from the Mirror.

Isco has been heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in recent weeks, with the attacking midfielder struggling for regular playing time with the La Liga giants.

And his frustrations and potential availability alerted the Gunners and Man City, who have been tracking Isco since the summer.

The 23-year-old is also keen on making the Spain squad for Euro 2016, and it was thought that he would look elsewhere for first-team football.

However, the former Malaga star has recently held talks with new manager Zinendine Zidane, and the Frenchman has told him to stay.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was keen on adding another midfielder amid their injury concerns, and will look elsewhere for other options.

Isco has made 21 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring three goal and supplying eight assists.