Real Madrid put €40m asking price on James Rodriguez

Real Madrid have put a price tag of €40m on out-of-favour playmaker James Rodriguez and are hopeful of a summer move.

That is according to El Mundo Deportivo, who draw upon reports from England, that the Colombian is a player whom Los Blancos are keen to sell this summer.

Last week a report in Goal claimed MLS outfit Inter Miami are hopeful of making the Colombian their star player and highlights the close relationship between their owner David Beckham and president Florentino Perez.

James has started just four La Liga games for the club this season and has not featured in a single minute of league action since October’s 1-0 loss at Real Mallorca.

The Colombia midfielder’s contract expires in 2021 and a report earlier this month in Diario AS said Manchester United, Everton, Juventus and Napoli are the four frontrunners for the player.

A report in Marca last month claimed Arsenal, Everton and Wolves all wanted to sign James with the financial impact of the coronavirus now leaving the Premier League as the only possible destination.

The report claims that Everton are the option that appeal to James the most with boss Carlo Ancelotti – who managed him at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – said to be a big factor.

A report in to El Desmarque said Wolves are hoping to use their connections with super-agent Jorge Mendes, who is the representative of the Colombian international.

Mendes is said to be hopeful of reducing Madrid’s asking price of €80m for the out-of-favour player and the growing financial clout of Wolves is making a move possible.

Arsenal are also said to be interested in a deal and their hand could be strengthened by their negotiations for Dani Ceballos last year, with relations between the clubs said to be strong.

The former Porto playmaker returned to Los Blancos last summer following a two-year loan deal at Bayern, with Atletico de Madrid previously strongly linked.

James netted 15 goals and provided 20 assists in 67 games for the Bavarian club between 2017 and 2019.

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