Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez has reportedly turned down a prospect of playing in the Premier League to join the Serie A giants Napoli
The 27-year-old’s two-year adventure at the Bundesliga has come to an end, as Bayern Munich opted not to make his loan move from Los Blancos permanent.
Already familiar with the fact he won’t be part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans for the next season, the former AS Monaco star has requested a transfer immediately upon his return to Madrid.
Meanwhile, La Liga heavyweights have nothing against Rodriguez’s departure and are more than glad to show him the door.
Although a host of European top clubs expressed their interest in the left-footed attacking midfielder, he seems to have chosen the Stadio San Paolo as his next destination.
Arsenal, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain among others have inquired about the player’s availability, but they are all now set to miss out on his signature.
According to the reports from both England and Italy, James has already agreed on personal terms with Napoli, as he looks to work with Carlo Ancelotti again.
If everything goes as expected, the two will see their paths crossing for the third time after the Italian tactician coached the Colombian playmaker at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
A stumbling box in this operation could be the formula of the deal. While the Partenopei want to bring Rodriguez on a year-long loan, Los Merengues are pushing for an outright sale.
After securing the services of Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, and Eden Hazard, the Spanish outfit will try to snap up Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
As a result, Florentino Perez is looking to raise funds for what’s going to be a massive transfer and is, therefore, eager to offload players who are surplus to requirements.