Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez is on his way to Chelsea, according to reports.
As is widely known at this stage, the club are set to sell Oscar to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG. Such a move would leave Chelsea in need of another midfielder. But, more importantly, it would free up a huge amount of cash for the London club.
It is thought that Chelsea could reap £60 million for the sale of Oscar, and look set to put those funds to very good use.
Chelsea have previous in trying to sign Rodriguez, with him being one of the first players Antonio Conte attempted to sign upon joining Chelsea. That initial move was prevented by Real Madrid, but a similar approach in January could be more successful.
Having been involved in just eight La Liga games this season, James has become a frustrated figure at the Bernabeu. In fact, he admitted as much following Madrid’s victory in the club World Cup final last weekend.
“I can’t promise I will stay at Real Madrid,” he is quoted as saying in the Sun.
“I have offers and seven days to think [about them].”
Such an admission will be music to the ears of Chelsea fans and would appear to suggest that the pieces required for such a transfer to happen are falling into place.
Such expectation can be tempered by Gareth Bale’s injury, however. The Welshman is unable to play for Madrid until at least February, according to the Mirror, and Madrid aren’t keen on selling a midfielder to compound his loss.
However, the promise of first team football may prove too alluring for the Colombian, and it’s hard to see him getting that at Madrid, even in Bale’s absence.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena