Ligue 1 club Monaco have put a hefty price of €80 million on Colombian attacker James Rodriguez, to help ward off potential suitors, according to The Independent.
Following Rodriguez’s superlative performances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a host of European clubs such as Spanish giants Real Madrid have been quick to declare their interest in the 22-year-old.
Monaco however are desperate to hang on to one of their leading lights, and their €80 million valuation of Rodriguez may go some way to putting off interested clubs such as Real Madrid. Despite Monaco’s determination to keep Rodriguez, the player is reported to be extremely keen on moving to the Bernabeau this summer, and this development could lead to forcing the hand of Monaco in lowering the valuation of the Colombian, albeit only to €70 million.
Any move will be expensive
The fact that Monaco are interest in Real Madrid players Alvaro Morata and Portuguese international Fabio Coentrao could help lower the valuation for Rodriguez, although one thing is for sure: he definitely won’t be allowed to leave on the cheap. All in all, it has been a meteoric rise for James David Rodriguez in recent times.
Having had spells in Colombia with second division side Envidago, Argentine side Banfield and Porto, Rodriguez’s performances at the heart of an highly impressive Colombian side missing their star player, striker Falcao – also of Monaco – have well and truly brought him to the attention of the world, especially big European clubs.
Los Blancos officials interest
Florentino Perez, Real Madrid president is one individual who has definitely kept a keen eye on Rodriguez following his blockbuster performances at the World Cup, going on record as saying he would love the player to wear the white of Real Madrid for the 2014-2015 season.
With Real Madrid’s reputation for signing ‘Galacticos’, it comes as no surprise to hear about Madrid’s interest in Rodriguez. Monaco must surely be rueing James Rodriguez’s sensational performances at the World Cup, where he managed to notch an impressive five goals and four assists during Colombia’s run to the quarter finals.
With fellow Colombian Falcao also reportedly wanting out of the principality club, Monaco face a struggle to keep their star players ahead of their expected assault on Ligue 1 and the Champions League. Despite the millions available to new Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, it would surely represent a massive blow were both Rodriguez and Falcao to both depart the French superclub.
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