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Report: Atletico Madrid could step in for James Rodriguez

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In a very busy day for James Rodriguez’s future, turns out that Atletico Madrid might step in to sign the Colombian in the next few days.

James Rodriguez appeared to have a verbal agreement with SSC Napoli to become their new player, but Atletico Madrid might be the ones that sign him.

The Colchoneros have been waiting for the development between James and Real Madrid from the background.

Napoli and Los Blancos haven’t reached a proper agreement yet and Diego Simeone is keen on taking the Colombian player as the last transfer for the summer.

Rodriguez was told by the Spanish giants that he wasn’t Zinedine Zidane’s priority from the very beginning.

He played the Copa America knowing that he wouldn’t be part of the Real Madrid project for this new season, the options were slightly limited for James.

After two years at Bayern Munich, Rodriguez wasn’t happy in Germany and he decided to end his loan with the hope that another club could come to snatch him from the Merengues.

The first and most attractive choice was Napoli, where Carlo Ancelotti has done everything in his power to convince the player.

The Italian club would become an instant title contender if they landed James’ transfer this summer, he is a player that even Juventus wanted to sign a few weeks ago.

The bond with Carlo was key to convince him that Napoli was his better destination, but Real Madrid had other plans.

Florentino Perez wants to cash in for James.

Initially during the negotiations between both clubs, Napoli requested a loan for this player because they don’t have too much money to spend.

It was obvious that Florentino Perez refused this notion, this forced Napoli’s officials to make a trip to Madrid.

The meeting with the president and Jose Angel Sanchez was expected to go well, but Perez rejected another offer for a loan with the option to buy James a year later.

This is where Florentino’s intentions became clear, Diario AS reports that the chairman only wants to sell James and he wants him out of Real Madrid this summer.

The Italian club made a final offer this week, they only placed €40 million on the table but Perez won’t negotiate for less than €50 million.

We can’t forget that Real Madrid paid an impressive €75 million back in 2014, Florentino’s intention is to at least recover 75% of what he spent for the player.

However, James’ value on Transfermarkt has decreased dramatically over the last two seasons due to inactivity.

His value plummeted all the way down to €50 million, a number that Napoli and Aurelio De Laurentiis refuse to pay. This is where Atletico Madrid comes into the picture.

Simeone loves James, and the player loves Madrid.

Manager Diego Simeone already has an incredible roster for next season, they just spent a historic €126 million for Joao Felix.

However, the Argentine boss would love having a player like James Rodriguez in his squad and he wouldn’t mind paying those €50 million for him.

The Colombian star is also keen on going back to live in the city of Madrid, which is one of James’ favorite cities.

The playmaker still owns a house in this town, which would make things a lot easier for him if he made the decision to play for the Colchoneros.

Real Madrid would be the only obstacle, as Florentino Perez doesn’t like the idea of selling one of the best players he has to a direct title contender.

The next few days will be key to know where the future of James lies, but either of both options would be great for him.

All this player wants is an ideal platform where he can display his full talent without anybody doubting him, Napoli and Atletico think the world of James Rodriguez and they will do everything they can to sign him.

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