Atletico Madrid are reportedly “totally calm” over their prospects of signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid this summer.
James’ future is one of the biggest talking points of the summer transfer window, with Real set to sell him to help recoup funds following their record €303m spending spree.
Manager Zinedine Zidane simply doesn’t rate the Colombian and wants to see the back of him. However, Real president Florentino Perez refuses to let him go on the cheap amid a reported asking price of €50m.
And it seems that it will be a two-horse race between Napoli and Atletico for James’ signature. Whether or not the two clubs will be willing to match Real’s demands, though, remains uncertain.
So far, Napoli have allegedly proposed taking James out on another loan deal for this season. Although it’s very unlikely Real will entertain this as the playmaker has already spent the last two years on loan at Bayern Munich.
The 28-year-old’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu will also expire on June 2021. Therefore, he will only have 12 months left on his existing deal by the time his loan stint at Napoli ends should the club not buy him. It will also reduce James’ transfer value.
This new development has led Marca to claim that Atletico are now feeling confident over their prospects to sign James. Apparently, the English transfer window’s closure on Thursday has bolstered the club’s prospects.
While Perez is understandably reluctant to sell James to Real’s city rivals, Atletico feel he will have no choice as the summer ends.
Another key factor for Perez to consider here is that the Colombia international’s sale would help him gather the required funds to sign long-term target Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Spanish transfer market, of course, won’t close until September 2.