Premier League-bound? James Rodriguez secures British visa and names preferred club amid exit rumours

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James Rodriguez has stoked fires over a potential move to the Premier League by securing a British visa enabling him to work in the UK.

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Frustrated at his lack of playing-time at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the Colombian midfielder is thought to be considering his future in the Spanish capital, and is expected to move by summer at the latest.

A host of top European clubs, including Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with a move for his signature, however, it is the two Premier League clubs that have been given the biggest boost in the race to sign the out-of-favour 25-year-old.

Colombian publication El Tiempo claims that, with a move to England among his preferred options, the ex-Monaco man has acquired a British visa as he plans his next career step.

Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes is the person tasked with orchestrating James’ departure from the Champions League holders, and a number of Premier League clubs have been contacted with a view to a potential bid.

This immediately places Chelsea and Manchester United at the front of the queue for his services, with the Daily Mail suggesting that Stamford Bridge is his favoured destination at this present time.

As it stands, a transfer in the summer seems the most likely option for the silky left-footer, as Real are thought to be loath to lose a key squad player ahead of a dual assault on LaLiga and the Champions League.

Currently behind the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Mateo Kovacic in the Madrid pecking order, James has made just seven starts so far this season, mustering one goal and four assists.

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