Juventus will attempt to move for out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez in the January transfer window, according to reports.
The Colombian has fallen down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane, and has failed to assert himself on the first-team. The midfielder has made just five appearances for Los Blancos in La Liga this season – with only two of those being starts, and three of them coming off the bench.
Despite only being with the Santiago Bernabeu club for two years – having signed from Monaco for a mammoth fee around the region of £63 million in 2014 – the attacking midfielder now looks set to leave in search of a club that can guarantee him first-team opportunities, and Juventus look set to be the club he leaves the Spanish giants for.
Juve still have quite a bit of money left from Paul Pogba’s world record move to Manchester United this summer, and will look to spend it on a move for Rodriguez.
According to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Rodriguez is ‘in dispute with Real Madrid’, and this could prove to be the end of the 25-year-old’s time as a Real Madrid player.
A player who could definitely be on his way to join the Old Lady is Axel Witsel. The Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder is determined to leave the Russian club for Juventus, and has insisted that the move will go through eventually. The Turin club have been turned away by Zenit before, but have refused to give up on signing the 27-year-old – a stance that has been met with gratitude by the player.
The Belgium international told RTBF: ‘It’s always nice to hear that a club like Juventus are not giving up on me.
‘Right now I’m not asking whether it’ll be in January or June, I’m just playing my matches and we’ll see what happens for me.
‘But I’ll join Juventus? That will be the case. Right now I don’t know when.’