Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were two of the busiest clubs in Europe over the weekend in terms of transfer deals.
While the former were announcing the arrival of Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović (with Henrikh Mkhitaryan to follow in the coming days) the Ligue 1 champions recruited French international Hatem Ben Arfa, as well as announcing deals for Grzegorz Krychowiak and Thomas Meunier, both of whom impressed for their respective countries at Euro 2016.
PSG also recently confirmed the arrival of new manager Unai Emery, who replaces Laurent Blanc at the Parc des Prince.
With both sides looking to rebuild their squads under new management, it seemed likely that they would go head-to-head for a player eventually.
Spanish publication AS (in a story originating in French Yahoo Sport) are reporting that the French side are in advanced talks to sign Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodríguez – dashing the hopes of Manchester United and Chelsea (allegedly).
The report claims to have information from a source to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, and believes that a deal to take the Colombian international to the French capital is in the works, as soon as he returns from holiday.
James has struggled for form somewhat since completing a €60m move to the Bernabéu in 2014 – and with the 24 year old unable to hold down a regular spot under new Real boss Zinedine Zidane, a move away from the club seems likely.
Clubs have already been quoted a price of just over €60 million for the player.
Though it is hard to gauge just how real the interest from the two English clubs actually is – agents have an unwavering habit of dropping the names of big clubs in order to grease a few wheels – the move from PSG does seem that bit more tangible.
James is likely to leave Real Madrid this summer, and a move back to Ligue 1 (where he spent one season with Monaco) appears to be his most likely destination.