According to the The London Evening Standard, Chelsea are unwilling to meet Real Madrid’s £70m asking price for James Rodriguez.
As the Standard report, the Colombian playmaker has been heavily linked with a move away from the Spanish and back-to-back European champions, with his first team involvement being very limited under manager Zinedine Zidane.
Rodriguez’s made just 13 starts under Zidane in the league this season and has struggled to nail down a place in the starting XI ever since joining from Monaco in 2014 for what the BBC reported to be a fee in the region of £63m.
Despite this, the Standard believe that Real are still hoping to make a profit on Rodriguez, in a very inflated marketplace. With Chinese teams seemingly willing to spend huge amounts of money on marquee signings, Real appear to be well aware that they could indeed make their money back on the Colombian, and then some. In fact, Chelsea’s Oscar moved to China’s Shanghai SIPG for a fee the BBC believed to be around the £60m, which Real are likely fully mindful of.
Still just 25 years of age, Rodriguez could certainly command the fee that Real are demanding and if Chelsea are indeed serious in their interest in the Colombian, then they will have no choice but to meet the asking price.
The Guardian believe that Diego Costa is on the way out of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will undoubtedly be hopeful of making some money there to fund the deal. As per ESPN, the Spain striker prefers a move to Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish side have been banned by FIFA from registering any new players for breaching rules on signing minors. They do, however, have the option of buying players and loaning them until January of 2018.