Real Madrid have their eyes firmly on the prize, Colombian superstar James Rodriguez, with the Marca reporting that once the Toni Kroos transfer from Bayern Munich to the Santiago Bernabeu is put to bed, all attention will be placed by Real Madrid officials on bringing the 22-year old to the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid officials are currently putting the finishing touches to the Toni Kroos deal thought to be worth €25 million, and the departure of Alvaro Morata to Juventus for €22 million.
Rodriguez remains number one target
The word coming out of the Bernabeu, is that once these deals have been finalised their attention will turn to the player that everybody is talking about, after a sensational World Cup for Colombia.
Rodriguez moved to Monaco from Porto last season for a fee reportedly around €45 million, however after a spectacular World Cup, which sees him remain in pole position for the Golden Boot on six goals, his valuation has soared to what Monaco believe is around €75 million.
Real Madrid fan
Real Madrid are determined to find place for the player that claims he has been a lifelong fan of the club.
Rodrigez was reported saying, that Monaco was a great club and that his intention was to stay, however we all know that those words were simply said to keep his employers on side.
With Real Madrid his favourite team, Zinedine Zidane his favourite player and officials at the Bernabeu desperate to sign him, it is hard to believe that he will plying his trade in the Principality next season.
Adding to this, Russian billionaire owner, Dmitry Rybolovlev, is a business man and an opportunity to practically double his investment in a year, is surely not one that he will let pass by.
Real Madrid president is thought to be conducting the negotiations personally, however much still hinges on the departure of Angel Di Maria, which looks imminent considering the bidding war currently going on between Manchester United and PSG.
Di Maria interest
Di Maria is a class player and at 27-years old is approaching his prime. Real are expecting to get €60 million for the left-wing who is currently on duty with Argentina and could return home a World Cup winner.
The €60 million for Di Maria and the €22 million for Alvaro Morata, plus the possible sale of Khedira, will provide Real with substantial liquidity to press forward with the Rodriguez deal.
Jorge Mendes, the players agent, has an excellent relationship with both Real Madrid and Monaco, which Florentino Perez will hope be crucial in bringing the 22-year old to the club.
Adding to this we all know when Real Madrid want a player...they always get their way!