The atmosphere within the Real Madrid camp continues make headline news in Spain following the bitter defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid on their own turf.
As Spanish publication Marca reports from inside the camp, the scapegoating within the Santiago Bernabeu is stirring up a torrent of rumours and speculation.
The two players facing up to the brunt of the abuse from the madridistas this Tuesday are midfielders Columbian world cup star, James Rodriguez and Spanish starlet, Isco.
The pair of attacking midfielders were yanked off the pitch during Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid by frustrated coach Zinedine Zidane, and Marca believe that both players will be offloaded by Los Blancos this summer – unless they can turn around their fortunes in the final three months of the season.
Marca offer two possible outlets for the Madrid men: James is linked to Manchester United, while Isco is in line for a move to Arsenal… because they’re in dire need for another attacking midfielder!
Marca’s article certainly doesn’t pull any punches, labelling both players as “transferable”, and slanders both stars, claiming they: “embody one of the main evils of Los Blancos: the lack of competitive characters and a winning mentality”.
Marca predict that Manchester United will need to pay €80 million for James, while Isco could cost Arsenal up to €45 million.
Rodriguez has also been linked with a summer move to rivals Manchester City by other sources.