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Should Chelsea be chasing James or Isco if Real Madrid make them available?

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Chelsea will likely be extremely busy during the summer transfer window, following a massively disappointing season. If reports in Spain are to be believed, however, the London side might not be the only European giant looking to jettison several disappointing pieces as they look to rebuild their squad.

Marca claims that Real Madrid are willing to listen on several players that have been struggling to carve out a niche, James Rodriguez and Isco, this summer. The Blues have been linked to both at some point in the past, and given that (presumed) new manager Antonio Conte will probably seek to add to the talent pool, it's quite likely that they'll be linked to both again.

Marca also points out that current manager Zinedine Zidane has recommended that the Spanish side bring in Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, along with Juventus' Paul Pogba. I'm not sure that I'm too concerned with that, however, as Hazard has been basically useless this season, but as bad as he's been, Zidane's managerial debut may be going worse, and I'd be utterly shocked to see him remaining in charge of Los Blancos next season. If the Spanish giants break from tradition and give the young manager some time, they may decide to spend ridiculous money to give him every chance to succeed, but backing Zidane after a terrible showing would be quite the u-turn for that club.

Personally, I'm not convinced that either Isco or James are what Chelsea should be targeting, though both undoubtedly have the talent to be major contributors at a high level. They'll both cost an awful lot of money, however, and while both would certainly be upgrades on some of the players currently in the squad, I'm not sure that either one of them offers the sort of skillset that we're currently lacking, even before taking into account the fact that Madrid management isn't happy with their attitudes on and off of the pitch.

That said, if Real Madrid decide to make both available this summer, it will be a story for Chelsea fans to take note of. Regardless of whether or not the Blues enter the chase for either of the pair, it likely means that we'll see some heavy pressure from Madrid for Hazard.