Chelsea are ready to make a massive bid for James Rodriguez in order to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
According to Sport, Chelsea have a reported €150 million in the bank waiting to be spent this summer, and they are prepared to spend a large amount of that on James Rodriguez.
The Colombian international has fallen down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, with the emergence of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez leaving him fighting for game time.
Chelsea are reportedly prepared to offer Real €90 million in order to acquire the attacking midfielder’s services.
James signed for Real Madrid in 2014, after taking the World Cup in Brazil by storm. He has been a key player for Los Blancos ever since he signed for them. He played a part in helping Real win the Champions League last season, and has also won two Super Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup with the Los Blancos.
However, Real are willing to let the 25-year-old leave the Bernabeu, if the offer that comes in is of the right price. Antonio Conte is keen on signing the midfielder, and will attempt to convince the Chelsea board to splash the cash on him.
Rodriguez made only 17 starts in La Liga last season. Overall, he made just 31 appearances for club and country combined, scoring 12 goals and assisting 12. He is subject to interest from multiple Premier League clubs, but Chelsea seem to be the most keen on signing him.
Should the Colombian make the move to Stamford Bridge, it would raise further question marks over the future of Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish midfielder was left out of Conte’s squad for Chelsea’s first Premier League game of the season, which ended in a 2-1 victory for the Blues against West Ham.
Conte played down speculation regarding the Spanish midfielder’s future after the game, insisting that Fabregas remains in his plans.
He said: “Cesc is Chelsea’s player, and I’m happy about him, with his attitude and behaviour. He must know from before that when we are a great team like Chelsea it can happen that I have to take a decision before the game to choose a starting XI.
“That can happen that Fabregas is not in the starting XI, but it can happen for all the players. It’s important to see always the right attitude. Because we must fight this season and it’s important to stay together in every situation.
“But then the shape can improve and can change all the situations. Now I took this decision but the next game I can change or not. When a coach takes this decision there is always a reason but I prefer to keep this to myself.
“But I repeat I don’t see any problem and I’m very happy to have these players, to train these players.”