As Barcelona pursue their own ‘galactico’ in the form of Liverpool’s disgraced striker Luis Suarez, their great rivals Real Madrid are being heavily associated with a swoop for Monaco midfielder James Rodriguez.
Colombia’s number 10 was not exactly a trade secret before the World Cup as Monaco paid Porto £38.5m for Rodriguez’s services 12 months ago.
However, the man who has made a thrilling Colombian side tick at the finals, scoring five times ahead of his country’s quarter-final clash with Brazil, is now the hottest property on planet football.
The 3/1-chance for the Golden Boot has scored in each game of the tournament, including a brace in the win over Uruguay which featured a stunning volley, arguably the goal of the World Cup so far.
It was after that match Rodriguez set the wheels of a possible move to the Bernabeu into motion by claiming it would “be a dream to play in Spain”, before selecting the European champions as his preferred destination of La Liga’s giants.
Madrid president Florentino Perez never normally needs more than an amber light to pursue other clubs’ star players and these latest comments will be seen as a positively green beam.
Some respectable news sources even indicate that a £40m bid has already been launched, but harbouring a midfield already packed with talent such as Gareth Bale, it’s thought the move will depend on selling off Angel Di Maria.
Argentina’s goal-scoring hero against Switzerland has been the subject of speculation for some time, though a man-of-the-match performance in the Champions League final had briefly quashed the rumours.
If Monaco can be persuaded to cash-in on Rodriguez it’s also likely that the fee they demand for the Colombia ace would be well in excess of £40m off the back of his World Cup displays.
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