Any hopes any side had of hijacking Real Madrid’s move for James Rodriguez are over according to Spanish newspaper AS.
The pro-Real Madrid publication claims that Rodriguez’s move from AS Monaco is close to being completed, as Carlo Ancelotti assembles a highly impressive team ahead of next season.
As describes the move as imminent and isn’t expecting plans to sign the Colombian to fall through for any reason.
“James Rodriguez is about to sign for Real Madrid,” reads AS’ headline.
“James Rodriguez’s signing for Real Madrid is imminent. After closing the arrival of Toni Kroos – negotiations accelerated with Monaco yesterday – In the coming days the Madrid move will be official.”
Rodriguez is being touted as a replacement for Angel Di Maria, linked with a switch to Manchester United and PSG, although the Argentine plays in a slightly different position.
Manchester United were linked with a move for the forward, with Louis van Gaal thought to be extremely impressed by the way he led the Colombian attack at the World Cup in Brazil.
Chelsea were also linked with a potential move as Jose Mourinho continues to assemble a world class squad at Stamford Bridge, which is capable of challenging for every trophy.
However, the presence of Cesc Fabregas and Oscar in Mourinho’s current squad suggests missing out on Rodriguez is less of a blow for the Blues than it is for United.
AS also suggests that Rodriguez has agreed personal terms over a move, which means the transfer is now waiting on a fee being agreed and the final touches to be made to the paperwork.