Any attempt by FA Cup holders Arsenal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco in the January transfer window will be met with frustration, it has been claimed.
The Gunners are one of a number of clubs said to be interested in the playmaker, who has seen his progression stall since his big money move to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer.
The 22-year-old, who joined from Malaga in a 30-million-euro deal, has scored 11 times in 53 matches for the club but has been frustrated at the lack of regular first team football and overlooked for key matches.
A host of Premier League sides are rumoured to be interested in him. Reports in the UK and Spain suggest Arsenal are the most keen to sign him, but Liverpool and Manchester City are also monitoring his situation in the Spanish capital.
But the papers say Carlo Ancelott and the Los Blancos directors will not agree to any sale of Isco in the winter window as it would leave the squad light and weaken their options in the latter part of the season.
Should his situation not improve, the player could look to seek a move elsewhere at the end of the campaign.