Reports that Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari has fallen out with midfielder Isco have alerted Chelsea to the possibility of signing him, according to The Daily Express.
The 26-year-old Spain international was benched for Los Blancos’ recent La Liga match against Celta Vigo and was not in the squad at all for the Champions League trip to AS Roma.
Solari – who replaced Julen Lopetegui earlier this season – claims that the decision to leave Isco out of his side is purely tactical and following the 2-0 at Olimpico de Roma, his decision may have been justified.
While he denies there is any rift between him and his midfielder, rumours persist and Chelsea are among the clubs who would be happy to offer the Real Madrid man a route out of the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Express claims that Isco and Solari’s row is causing major disruption which, if true, would suggest a January exit is very possible.
Chelsea currently lie fourth in the Premier League table under new boss Maurizio Sarri and would be one of the few clubs able to afford the highly rated midfielder.
However, the report adds that Napoli – now managed by former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti – are also interested.
Sarri is hardly short of options in central midfield but with Mateo Kovacic already on loan from Real until the end of the season, the two clubs have a good relationship.
Other reports have claimed that Manchester City could also be in contention should the Spanish side choose to sell.
If he does become available, he would be a huge asset to either club, particularly as he is comfortable playing in a range of positions.
Chelsea could see him as the natural successor to compatriot Cesc Fabregas, whose contract at Stamford Bridge runs out in the summer.