Bayern Munich have made a decision regarding the future of James Rodriguez.
The Colombian international was the standout performer at the 2014 World Cup, with his displays earning him a £63 million switch to Spanish juggernauts Real Madrid.
While his career at the Santiago Bernabeu began with a lot of promise, the playmaker saw his game-time steadily decrease, forcing him to look for a move elsewhere.
Bayern Munich scooped him up on a loan move in the summer of 2017, and James saw his career revive, as he played 39 games in his debut season in Germany and won the Bundesliga title in the process.
But now, with his loan deal set to expire at the end of the season, Bayern have a decision to make on their hands, and they seem to have already made up their minds.
According to German outlet Kicker, the reigning German champions have decided not to sign James Rodriguez permanently.
Bayern are aware of the fact that they need to make a complete squad overhaul, considering the age of their squad, and also the fact that a lot of their key players will see their contracts expire at the end of the season.
The Allianz Arena outfit has set aside £200m to bring in new reinforcements, they do not believe Rodriguez is worth spending £40m for, as it would be too high an amount for a player that isn’t crucial to their plans.
As things stand, the Colombian is likely to head back to Madrid, but he could very well be persuaded to join another European powerhouse, especially with his long-term admirers, Manchester United, looking for attacking reinforcements of their own.
Jose Mourinho’s squad has been crying for a playmaking inspiration, and with the 27-year-old’s services available in the region of £40m, the Red Devils would consider James an absolute bargain of a signing.