According to reports, Colombia international attacker James Rodriguez is considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu for an English Premier League club.
The Real Madrid playmaker’s future at the Spanish capital city club has been under serious scrutiny after being dropped out of manager Zinedine Zidane’s first-team plans last campaign. And that’s not a surprise, as I am personally of the opinion that Madrid never needed James Rodriguez; they merely bought him for marketing reasons and will now force him out using different tactics now that they have got what they wanted from him. That’s a guess, but it is a calculated guess.
It is widely believed that the reigning European club champions are ready to sell the attacker for the right price, despite the Colombian being featured in the club’s new kit adverts. This is an indication that he still sells shirts for them.
Rodriguez has been linked with a move to London giants Chelsea, amid interest from French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and the Manchester clubs in recent times.
The Colombian himself confirmed in May that he would prefer to remain in the Spanish La Liga but, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, the former Monaco superstar is now thinking about a possible move to the English Premier League.
New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is believed to be interested in signing the player, as he continues in his bid to rebuild the club, after a disastrous season last season.
According to reports, Real Madrid have received bids from unnamed clubs worth about £50million, but are holding out for nothing less than £67m.
With Manchester United set to sign Paul Pogba for 105m, I doubt they will be willing to spend another £67m on James Rodriguez, who I honestly believe they do not need.
PSG could be the second club to table a bid for the South American and, if the reports that he prefers to move to England are true, then Chelsea have a massive opportunity of getting him.
He would represent a massive marketing coup for the Blues and would certainly pay off in the footballing sense as well.