Aurelio De Laurentiis slammed ‘unreasonable” Real Madrid’s asking price for outcast James Rodriguez, who wants a Napoli move.
Upon deciding against joining Bayern Munich on a permanent basis, James will return to Real Madrid after two years away on loan in Germany.
However, the Colombia international’s stay in Spain will likely be a brief one as head coach Zinedine Zidane doesn’t rate him. Therefore, Real are keen to offload him for a nice big fee to help compensate for their massive spending spree in the transfer window.
Reports have claimed that Los Blancos have set an asking price of more than €40m for James.
This could prove to be a massive problem for Napoli, who don’t boast the same resources as Real or any of the other major European clubs.
So, Partenopei boss Carlo Ancelotti’s hope of reuniting with his old Real and Bayern star James at the San Paolo Stadium is in real jeopardy unless the club somehow find the capital to sign him.
With a move to Italy becoming under increasing doubt, Atletico Madrid are allegedly plotting to make a move of their own.
Despite the growing pressure to seal a deal for James, however, De Laurentiis is keeping his cool and awaiting for a “more reasonable” asking price from Real.
“Carlo likes him very much and we’re waiting for a more reasonable demand,” De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport.
“The obstacle is Real Madrid, who are asking for too much in our opinion.
“But James wants to come to Napoli.”
Juventus are also in contention as star man Cristiano Ronaldo wants his good friend and old Los Blancos team-mate to join him in Turin.
Based on De Laurentiis’ recent comments, though, it appears not even the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could sway James this time around.