Real Madrid have told Premier League outfits Manchester United and Chelsea they can have James Rodriguez this summer, but only if they agree to pay the £60million asking price.
According to the Daily Mirror, Rodriguez has been told he is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu after a disappointing season under both Rafa Benitez and Zinedine Zidane.
After dazzling performances for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the footballing community fully expected the attacking midfielder to become one of the best players on the planet.
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Real Madrid certainly did think that. They agreed a £60m fee with AS Monaco to sign him shortly after that tournament, but the 24-year-old has failed to fulfill the lofty expectations of both the La Liga club and the world.
But he still has a number of miles left on the clock and is still considered one of the finest attacking midfielders in the game. As a result, a number of clubs seem ready to take a punt on him.
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Manchester United and Chelsea are two such clubs. Both, according to the same report, are interested in signing Rodriguez this summer, but could well be put off by Real Madrid's asking price.
Naturally, Los Blancos are keen to claw back all the money they originally invested in Rodriguez and have every right to do so. He has hardly been a flop since joining two seasons ago and, as previously stated, has many more years left at the top of the game.
If either the Red Devils or the Blues agree to fork out that amount, they will be breaking the British transfer record currently held by Angel di Maria, who moved to Old Trafford from Real in 2014 for £59.7m.
Both clubs would be more than able to afford Rodriguez, but whether they would risk such a huge amount on the player is another question. Indeed, a large reason why Real Madrid want to sell is because of a perceived lack of professionalism.
Rodriguez appears to have an affinity for the Madrid nightlife and has previously been pictured out on the town in flashy cars with gorgeous women. There was also widespread reports that Benitez was angry with his lack of application in training.
Similarly, his successor, Zidane, has chosen against using him on a number of occasions and he was an unused substitute in the recent El Clasico.
Of course, Real Madrid players are expected to hold themselves to much higher standards than at other clubs but Rodriguez has been unable to disregard accusations of laziness with good performances. As scrutiny has intensified, his performances have only dipped further.
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