Could Champions League and World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez really be heading to the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers?

Super-agent Jorge Mendes has opened the door for Wolverhampton Wanderers to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, according to El Desmarque.

But there’s a catch. You see, the Colombian superstar will only be heading to Molineux if Ruben Neves goes the other way to the Santiago Bernabau.

Given how essential Neves is to the way Wolves play under Nuno Espirito Santo, and considering that the deep-lying playmaker only signed a new five-year contract in 2018, this already feels like a bit of a non-starter.

But the fact that we are even discussing the idea of Rodriguez, a £71 million Champions League winner who won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup, rather sums up how far Wolves have come since they were a mid-table Championship team with Jack Price, Joe Mason and co making up the numbers.

At the age of just 28, it already feels that Rodriguez’s best years are behind him.

It is no secret that Real coach Zinedine Zidane wanted to cash in on one of Florentino Perez’s so-called ‘Galacticos’ after he returned to Madrid following a slightly underwhelming two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich. James has since completed just 90 minutes in two of 11 La Liga matches so far this season.

Nevertheless, a player of the calibre of Rodriguez would be a huge get for an ambitious Wolves side. Though if a move is dependent on Neves going the other way, Mendes’ proposal is likely to be given the short shrift.

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