CHELSEA will have to pay Isco’s £620m release clause if they want to sign him from Real Madrid.
That’s according to Spanish news outlet OK Diario who insist the Los Blancos outcast won’t be allowed to leave the Bernabeu on the cheap.
Isco was an important player during Zinedine Zidane’s tenure.
However, he has been slipping further down the pecking order – particularly following the appointment of Santiago Solari.
Real eased past Serie A outfit Roma 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
But Isco, who is now firmly out in the cold, didn’t even make the bench.
The deepening rift could be good news for Chelsea and Manchester City.
The duo have both been touted as potential suitors with Isco’s Real career on the brink.
Club supremo Florentino Perez appears determined to extract maximum value from his in-demand asset though.
It appears highly unlikely that any club would stump up even a quarter of Isco’s release clause.
Perez, however, has now made it clear that any negotiations with moneybags City and Chelsea will be tough.
Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda claims a move to England is a distinct possibility.
He said: “They [Real Madrid] consider that Isco is not involved in the group, that he is doing his thing, that he is having problems with his weight… so he is thinking of going to the Premier League.
“He has an offer from Chelsea and another from Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
“I think that in a style of play like City’s he could do very well.
“Cristiano Ronaldo did not like to play with him because he said he kept the game a lot.”
Isco has racked up 252 appearances for Real but now looks on borrowed time.
Real full-back Marcelo has urged him to bite the bullet and get on with things.
Marcelo said: “[I’m] not good at giving advice, but it is clear that all players want to play, but it’s time to work.
“I’m not saying Isco does not work, but football is like that.
“You have to see what does not come out and try to improve.”
Real host Valencia in La Liga tonight.
Los Blancos are sixth in the table – six points off pace setters Sevilla.