Real Madrid might be forced to sell James Rodriguez for a cut-price of just £22m this summer. The midfielder has expressed his desire for a new challenge.
James Rodriguez has one year left on his contract at the Bernabeu and Madrid want to let him go in the upcoming transfer window in order to get a fee for him.
If they don’t sell him this summer, they risk him losing him for free next summer.
Rodriguez was close to leaving Real Madrid last season with Atletico Madrid coming close to a transfer. However, the £45m move stalled and failed to materialize in the final stages.
This time around, the attacking midfielder is linked with a Premier League move after a host of clubs have shown interest in the 28-year-old, according to Marca.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton and Wolves are all luring around the Madrid man with the potential for a cut price as low as £22million.
Rodriguez had an unconvincing two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich from 2017 to 2019 after he was frozen out of Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Madrid.
His lack of minutes and notable performances over the past few seasons is forcing club president Florentino Perez to sell him now for a smaller fee, while he still can.
Despite the smaller transfer fee, Rodriguez still has a hefty wage packet to meet – as he currently earns £6.3million a year on his current deal.
Real Madrid want to get him off their books due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but the midfielder may have limited options unless he is willing to take a pay cut.