Atletico In Race to Sign James Rodriguez

Atletico In Race to Sign James Rodriguez
Atletico Madrid is really interested in signing Ex-Bayern Munich player James Rodriguez from rivals Real Madrid and the player wants to make the move happen, a per reports.

At the beginning of the summer, Bayern Munich refused to trigger an option to sign James permanently after two years of the loan, and he is not in Zinedine Zidane's plan for next season.

Napoli had looked a likely destination, bringing a reunion with manager Carlo Ancelotti who worked with James at both Madrid and Bayern. However, the asking price might be a hindrance for last season's Serie A runners-up.

"James wants to play for Napoli, but Madrid is asking for too much money," Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said during an interview last week.

Atletico has been working hard for over a month in a bid to bring James to the Wanda Metropolitano, the deal could be closed for around the €42 million prices set between Bayern and Real in 2017.

Despite Atletico having already spent over €200m this summer, including a club-record €126m on Portugal international youngster Joao Felix, the departures of Antoine Griezmann, Rodri and Lucas Hernandez mean funds are available to add one more big signing ahead of next season in order to compete for more titles

Although players moving between the Spanish capital's two biggest clubs is very rare, midfielder Marcos Llorente joined Atletico from Real earlier this summer in a €40m deal.

Madrid is also moving forward with their big squad upgrade this summer, and more money would be required if they are to move for highly-rated Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, with Zidane an admirer of his fellow Frenchman.

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