Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you will know that James Rodriguez is more than likely going to leave Real Madrid.
Where he is to go is still unclear, but AS are now reporting that Chelsea are at the head of the queue for the Colombia international’s signature ahead of European giants Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
This potentially fantastic news does come with two significant negatives attached though.
Real Madrid will only want to sell for the fee (€80 million) they paid to Monaco back in the summer of 2014 following the 25-year-old’s outstanding World Cup campaign. In addition to this, AS claim the Blues plan to use goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as currency in any proposed deal.
Either one of these factors would be deemed as bad news for the Pensioners but to lose their world-class goalkeeper in favour of an attacking player may not be a wise move.
Clearly out of favour with Real boss Zinedine Zidane at the moment, James has played just 378 minutes in La Liga this season and a move somewhere else is now close to a certainty.
Will all the moving pieces in the proposed deal to bring him to Chelsea come together though? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena