James Rodriguez is finally expected to bring his Real Madrid nightmare to an end, and will reportedly leave the club within the next 48 hours.
The Colombian is desperate to call it quits and leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, and has demanded that the club let him go. A number of interested parties are said to have been waiting in the wings, but none have made a formal approach for the midfielder yet.
However, that could be set to change now, as Chelsea have ramped up their interest in the soon-to-be 26-year-old, and might even have his signature on the dotted line by the end of this week.
Antonio Conte has been desperate to get his side moving in the transfer window, and has been frustrated with the board’s apparent lack of desire to sign the targets he had wanted to bring in this summer.
The Italian has a long history of leaving clubs whenever he doesn’t feel the full support of those working with him, and despite winning the Premier League with Chelsea last year, he has already threatened to depart.
His fractious relationship with the board only soured when Romelu Lukaku was stolen from under their noses by Manchester United earlier this week, and the 47-year-old boss will be relieved to have finally secured the signature of a top player in the form of Antonio Rüdiger, who put pen to paper for the club on Sunday.
Rodriguez is a target that Conte will not want to slip away, and will move quickly to bring him to Stamford Bridge, once Real confirm their willingness to sell and name a price.
According to Spanish news outlet AS, the creative midfielder will attempt to avoid being on the plane for Real’s pre-season tour of the United States, by sealing a move away from the club within the next 48 hours.
Meanwhile, Real have already planned out a suitable replacement for their out-of-favour star, in the form of Real Betis youngster Dani Ceballos, and should wrap up the transfer once Rodriguez has officially bid farewell.
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