Real Madrid are prepared to offer Sami Khedira in part-exchange for James Rodriguez as they bid to persuade Monaco that its the right time to cash in on their €80m star, throwing further doubt on the World Cup winner's chances of securing a €29m summer switch to either Arsenal or Chelsea.
Khedira has been consistently linked with a move to the Premier League after entering the final year of his deal with Madrid and refusing talks over fresh terms, but AS believe if Los Blancos get their way the 27-year-old will be making a surprise switch to Ligue 1 so the can get Rodriguez to come the other way.
Monaco want Lopez
Madrid have turned their attention to landing Rodriguez after securing the signing of Toni Kroos, but are very reluctant to pay a lofty €80m asking price for the 23-year-old, particularly as in an ideal scenario they would also Radamel Falcao from Monaco too in a double swoop.
Interest from Manchester United in Rodriguez has strengthened Madrid's desire to get a deal done for Rodriguez done as a matter of urgency, although the Champions League holders are very much in pole position and have agreed personal terms over a five-year deal worth €120,000-a-week.
Monaco have intimated that they would be willing to accept goalkeeper Diego Lopez as negotiations continue over the terms of a blockbuster summer switch, although AS believe that Madrid prefer a plan b which allows them to send Khedira to the principality and take a large chunk out of the proposed transfer fee at the same time.
Madrid's willingness to dismantle a successful side may look alarming on the surface, but Khedira looks set to join the likes of Angel di Maria and Alvaro Morata in securing summer moves away from the Bernabeu to make room for fresh recruits.
Di Maria has in principle agreed a €60m move to Paris Saint-Germain, while Morata wants to join Juventus in search of more consistent first-team opportunities elsewhere.
Khedira's future is still the most unclear of the three, despite Gunners boss Arsene Wenger making it clear he wants to sign the dynamic, box-to-box midfielder ahead of Chelsea and his former mentor Jose Mourinho.
The 27-year-old is on holiday and will attempt to clear up his future once and for all after a well-earned break, but news of a potential move to Monaco is certainly new and makes a summer switch to the Premier League look increasingly doubtful.