As the summer transfer window gets into full swing, everyone is looking out for a superstar signing.
Manchester United look to have secured the signing of Paul Pogba, Chelsea are strongly linked with Alvaro Morata, and Arsenal have captured Granit Xhaka and the mighty Takuma Asano.
The problem with world class players though, is that they don’t become available too often, which is why Zinedine Zidane’s latest comments have put Premier League sides on high alert as they look to strengthen.
James Rodriguez has been rumoured to be surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, and when Zidane was asked about his midfielder, he didn’t exactly put the rumours to bed.
The idea with James is the same as with everyone else – he’s a Real Madrid player.
I’m not going to tell you that James is a starter. He’s an important player. We’ll see what happens this year, I have a big squad and it’s complicated.
I have to play the most competitive side I can and I’ll do the same thing this season, that’s my responsibility.
Considering the Colombian wasn’t a regular starter in the latter part of last season, it’s expected that Zidane will continue to shun him, which makes a transfer likely.
Manchester United were interested last summer and could be tempted again, while West Ham United are also looking for a marquee signing as they look to push on and crack the top four.
Dimitri Payet transformed their team last season, and if the Hammers can stump up the money required to lure the Colombian from the Bernabeu, they would see it as a serious statement of intent.
Cash could be an issue though, as Madrid would want as close to the £63m they paid Monaco in 2013 for their man, and would potentially use the cash received in a move for Pogba – providing United haven’t already signed him by that time.
Either way, James looks to be on his way out of Madrid and West Ham will do their best to persuade him to join them with the promise of Europa League football, the Olympic Stadium and an unlimited supply of jellied eels.
Sounds like a good deal to me.