James Rodriguez has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks as he looks set to leave Real Madrid this summer.
The Colombian struggled to play regular first-team football under Zinedine Zidane last season and, according to the Mirror, the Spanish club have given him the green light to find another club in this transfer window.
With Jose Mourinho arriving at Manchester United, they were heavily linked with a move for the winger while Spanish outlet El Confidencial claim that Manchester City and Chelsea are also interested.
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However, the same newspaper report that James had already decided which club he wants to join - and it’s not any of the three English sides.
It’s stated that the 24-year-old wants to join Paris Saint-Germain with James' agent claiming that the French champions are set to make an “irresistible offer.” PSG have just appointed former Sevilla manager Unai Emery as their new boss and the Spaniard appears very keen to make the Real Madrid player his first signing.
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Hefty transfer fee
However, Emery will know that he will have to part with at least €65 million if he wants to bring James to Paris.
The report states that Zidane is keen to get rid of the player that arrived at the Bernabeu for €80 million in the summer of 2014. James had impressed for Columbia in the Brazilian World Cup which persuaded Los Blancos to part with the hefty fee for him.
But James' two campaigns haven't been too successful with him failing to live up to his massive price tag - especially during the last campaign where he had to make do with a place on the bench for much of the term.
However, if he does sign for PSG, Rodriguez would have stiff competition for a starting position. Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria and Lucas Moura will all rival James for a place in the line-up next season if he does swap Madrid for Paris.
James' attitude towards leaving the European champions has obviously changed since May. After the Champions League, which James didn’t play any part in, he admitted that he was keen to stay at the club despite not playing regularly.
Rodriguez on leaving
"You never know in football but I want to stay here and my idea is to be here for many more years,” he said.
“I think I need to look forward. I’m happy here. All my people are happy. This is the ideal club and I want to be here.”
However, it’s clear that the club are happy to offload him and the player has seemingly decided on his destination.
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