Bayern identify Isco as potential James replacement
- Bayern Munich join the race for Real Madrid's unsettled midfielder
- James Rodriguez is likely to leave Bayern because of the lack of playing time while Isco experiences the same problems at the Bernabeu
According to Don Diario, the German champions Bayern Munich are interested in Real Madrid's Isco whose situation at the club is rather unclear at the moment. The Spaniard hasn't started in seven games after Santiago Solari's appointment before the midweek Copa del Rey fixture. Isco has worn the captain armband in the second leg of the Cup tie against Melilla and scored twice.
Earlier, the 26-year-old was excluded from the squad that faced Roma in the Champions League game in Italy due to allegedly confronting the head coach after the Eibar defeat (3-0). The Spanish press believe that the midfielder refused to shake Solari's hand after the match. The situation seems to be slightly improving judging by the manager's post-match comments:
"I am very happy for [Isco], for those goals, I was a bit sorry for the first that the keeper saved in the first half, which would have been a goal," Solari said at the news conference. It remains to be seen if the Spaniard will receive another chance against a more demanding side.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid loanee James Rodriguez is going through a similar period at Bayern Munich during his second year in Germany. The manager Niko Kovac is not a big fan of the Colombian's talent as James has only 640 minutes in 15 matches across all competitions this season so far. The player has recently revealed that he considers summer exit. "If I have to leave because I don't play, I'll do it," James admitted during a meet-and-greet with Bayern fans. "I would like to stay here, however, because I feel the love of the fans and the whole Bayern family."
The Bundesliga giants are likely to face strong competition for Isco as several Premier League and Serie A sides are reportedly keeping tabs on the midfielder. The main obstacles for the Spaniard's move are his current deal that runs until 2022 and a prohibitive €700m release clause which is literally unable to be activated.