Real Madrid duo James Rodriguez and Isco have been told they can leave the club at the end of the season, putting a host of Premier League clubs on alert.
Marca and AS said the players have been made aware they can leave, with both having been scapegoats for Real’s poor form this season. Los Blancos sit 12 points behind leaders Barcelona with their hopes of silverware resting with the Champions League once more.
Isco has been attracting the interest of Manchester City and Arsenal in previous transfer windows. With his former boss Manuel Pellegrini set to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the campaign, Arsenal may become favourites to secure his signature, particularly as they have major midfield surgery to perform themselves with Thomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Matieu Flamini all set to depart.
A bid of around 40 million euros could be enough to secure Isco’s signature and the player himself would be keen to get more regular first team football than he is experiencing at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup in 2014, joined Los Blancos from Monaco after the tournament in Brazil. He was an instant hit in his opening season at the Santiago Bernabeu but has found the going much tougher this season. Manchester United and Chelsea could be leading the chase for his signature in the summer as Real look to recoup most of the 80 million euros they shelled out for him.