Chelsea put off by James price tag, leave way clear for Premier League rivalsPublished December 22, 2016
Only a couple of days after James Rodriguez was seen trying to get a visa for the UK, it seems one of his potential suitors have pulled out of the race to sign him.
Chelsea have reportedly been put off the Real Madrid player because of the price tag slapped on his head according to The Sun, and will now look for alternative options this January.
It’s hard to believe Chelsea boss Antonio Conte actually thinks he needs more players in his squad given how good they’ve been – but things can always be improved – worryingly for the rest of the league!
Ironically, the news could actually benefit former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with Manchester United also thought to be keen on the attacking star.
Anthony Marital, Memphis Depay and Ashley Young have all been linked with moves away from Old Trafford, and that would of course leave the path clear for Mourinho to bring someone else in.
Another option is of course for United to leave it until the summer, and potentially ship even more players out and look to bring in a fair few new faces (again), with Antoine Griezmann’s name constantly linked with the club.
James could well be a fall back alternative should that move fall through – a feasible situation should United miss out on the top four.
Whatever the outcome from the January transfer window, one thing seems clear – James doesn’t have a long term future at Real Madrid, and wants one in the Premier League.