Atletico Madrid ‘close in on Napoli target James Rodriguez’ as they launch bid for Real Madrid outcast
- Atletico Madrid are near to sealing a deal for Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez
- Reports in Spain claim Atletico have made a bid for the Colombian midfielder
- Napoli remain interested but Rodriguez wants to remain in the Spanish capital
Atletico Madrid are reportedly close to wrapping up a deal for Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez.
The Colombian star looked destined to join Napoli this summer, but the midfielder has had a change of heart with the Italians struggling to agree a fee with Real Madrid.
According to Marca, Rodriguez, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, is attracted to the prospect of joining Atletico as he wants to remain in the Spanish capital.
Atletico Madrid are closing in on a sensational deal for Napoli target James Rodriguez
Madrid are keen to sell the 28-year-old this summer, but are looking to secure a huge figure for his services.
Atletico have submitted an offer to Madrid but will consider loaning him if they are priced out of a permanent deal.
Napoli are already exploring a loan option after being put off by Madrid’s demands.
The club’s president Aurelio de Laurentiis remains hopeful of signing Rodriguez, despite the player’s desire to stay in Spain, but has asked Madrid to lower their asking price.
Rodriguez, who spent past two seasons at Bayern Munich, is expected to be sold this summer
He told Sky Italia: ‘We are willing to make sacrifices to secure a deal for James, but Real Madrid must do more.
‘We do want to buy him, but we are not in any hurry.
‘We have not given up hope on securing a deal, but Madrid must consider that it is better to sell him, or loan him, rather than have him unhappy at the club.’
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