James Rodriguez transfer: Chelsea, Arsenal still in hunt as Real Madrid future still in mystery

James Rodriguez transfer: Chelsea, Arsenal still in hunt as Real Madrid future still in mystery

The future of James Rodriguez at Real Madrid is still a mystery as the attacking midfielder is in hunt for first-team football at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 25-year-old is at a crucial juncture of his career and lack of game time will lead to stagnation of his talent.

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane is still reluctant to include the Colombian in his first-team picture. However, club president Florentino Pérez has insisted that the player is not for sale and will remain in Madrid for the upcoming season, as reported by SPORT.

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English Premier League (EPL) clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea both are hunting the transfer market for a striker, and they believe that the Colombia international will be a perfect fit in their team setup. They are closely monitoring the situation of Rodriguez and believe that they will be able to prise the player away from Real before the end of the summer transfer window.

Perez doesn’t want to sale the player. However, if a club comes forward with an offer of $87.24 million, the amount which Madrid paid to Monaco to acquire the player’s services in 2014, he will consider Rodriguez’s sale.

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The man from Cúcuta, Colombia has improved his attitude on the field recently and is also delivering through his football. But, he is still not considered as a regular starter in Zidane’s squad. In the current season, James is being used as an alternative option. He has made a couple of appearances for the Los Blancos where he has created a total of one chance and one assist for his teammates, as reported by Squawka.

Meanwhile, on a personal front, Rodriguez wishes to stay at Real Madrid this season and wishes to fight for his place in the starting eleven of the team.

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