West Ham have emerged as shock candidates to sign James Rodriguez from under the noses of Manchester United, say Marca.
But they will have serious competition from the Red Devils for the Colombian, with Jose Mourinho’s side having a vested interest in the 25-year-old for quite some time.
Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have also been named as suitors in what looks to be a complicated and drawn-out transfer battle between the four clubs.
We brought you news earlier this month that Real may be forced to part with Rodriguez, and now it seems that the player is willing to concede defeat in his efforts to break into Zinedine Zidane’s team.
The front page of Marca revealed today that Rodriguez is seriously tempted by a move to the Premier League.
Rodriguez did not consider a departure from the Bernabeu a few weeks ago, but a peripheral role at Madrid accompanied with numerous offers from England has tempted the attacking midfielder into considering a transfer away from the Bernabeu.
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James joined Los Blancos from Monaco after a stunning 2014 World Cup playing for Colombia, and enjoyed an outstanding debut campaign in Spain, scoring thirteen goals and providing the same number.
However, neither Rafael Benitez nor Zidane were impressed with Rodriguez in 2015/16, with injuries, inconsistency and a speeding incident in which he evaded police hampering his popularity in the Spanish capital.
Florentino Perez is the orchestrator of transfers at Madrid and will demand £67m in order to part with one his favourite Real players.
Manchester United’s enormous wealth and the influx of players they have lured to the club this summer makes them obvious favourites to sign the Colombia captain, with West Ham a meagre alternative option for Rodriguez in truth.
Chelsea appear to have quite a slim chance of persuading the player to join Antonio Conte’s revolution, with no European football being played at Stamford Bridge this season.
Paris, however, do look to be a lucrative option with Unai Emery at the helm and Champions League football promised every season, as well as a healthy weekly wage.
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Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.