Chelsea handed transfer boost as Real Madrid manager gives up on £75m player

Isco’s relationship with Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari has deteriorated significantly this season to the point that the situation is now ‘irreversible’, according to reports in Spain.

The 26-year-old is yet to start a La Liga match since Solari took over the reins from Julen Lopetegui back in October and is expected to leave the club in the summer.

Chelsea and Manchester City are both being heavily linked with Isco as the Spain international looks for an escape route out of the Bernabeu. It’s understood he could be available for a fee of around £75million.

According to AS, Solari has lost all confidence in Isco with the attacking midfielder making no secret of his grievances.

Isco refused to shake Solari’s hand following Madrid’s 3-0 defeat to Eibar back in November and also ‘liked’ a Twitter comment slamming his manager last month.

The report adds that Isco has put on weight in recent months and Solari has completely run out of patience with the former Malaga star.

Amid the speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League, Isco has insisted that he has no plans to leave Madrid.

‘I’m very excited about the new year,’ he told Deportes Cuatro at the end of December.

‘I’m not going to go in the winter market, I’m very happy, of course I want to continue with Madrid to continue winning titles.’

Toni Kroos has backed Solari’s ‘difficult’ decision to leave Isco out of his side in recent months.

‘At a club like Real Madrid you have 20 top players in the squad,’ the Germany midfielder told Goal this week.

‘Managing it is brutally difficult. He [Solari] is not afraid to make tough decisions.’