James Rodriguez took the world by storm after winning the Golden Boot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
His performances for Colombia thrilled the football world that Real Madrid decided to splash around £70m for his services back then. But after three seasons at the Bernabeu, Rodriguez has failed to establish himself and has continually been behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos et al. Even the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio are ahead of the Colombian to worsen things.
Chelsea are interested in the 25-year-old but Real Madrid’s asking price of £70m for the Colombian who wasn’t included in the team to play the Champions League finals is outrageous to say the least, and no club will want to take that gamble on a player who has warmed the bench for two seasons in a row.
The valuation on Rodriguez would need to be lowered considerably if Chelsea must enter negotiations over a deal for the Colombian.
However, his price valuation isn’t the only factor that the Blues are even looking at, although a fair price could push Chelsea to action.
For this summer transfer window, Antonio Conte has already earmarked the five positions he needs to strengthen the team – and the wide areas of the position behind the striker isn’t a priority for the Italian.
The Blues boss has prioritised a new back-up goalkeeper, a new central defender, another wing-back, a central midfielder and a new striker, to beef up the squad ahead of the new season.
And from those areas, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Romelu Lukaku are widely expected to occupy the latter two positions. Although Chelsea’s transfer priorities could as well be altered, now that Eden Hazard has suffered an injury that’ll keep him out till September. And this could also pass a message to the club that the wing areas need to be strengthened just in the emergence of injury, as Chelsea will be in Europe next season.
For now, Real Madrid aren’t ready to sell Rodriguez; they toyed with him last summer and are doing so this summer. A transfer request by the Colombian could show intent and crash his market value. But for now, the Rodriguez to Chelsea move is pure speculation.