IS HE WORTH THE PRICE? SHOULD CHELSEA SIGN JAMES RODRIGUEZ FOR £70M?

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Transfer rumours cannot be silenced as long the market is approaching. With several clubs looking to add depth and quality to their playing squad before the commencement of the new season, a lot of rumours will make the headlines, but at the end the real done deal is all that counts.

Chelsea have not been left out of the transfer speculations. With reported interests in Lyon’s Corrietin Tolisso, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, Monaco’s Tiemuo Bakayoko, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Juventus trio of Leornado Bonucci, Paulo Dybala and Dani Valves and many more names being said to be on our summer shopping list. The reality however is that Chelsea need to buy players considering our return to the rigours of fighting on four fronts (Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup & Champions league) for silverware. The need to buy shrewdly should be strictly adhered to in order to avoid splashing the cash without getting real value.

With the rumours doing a round on Chelsea’s interest in Real Madrid’s attacking midfielder, James Rodriguez, the club must evaluate if the player is really needed and if the price is right. If there’s truth in this report, the purported figure by the media of £70m to bring the playmaker to Stamford Bridge is way off the mark.

There is absolutely no doubting his quality, but I don’t think he’s worth so much as he’s rarely played since he shined at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He’s been often overlooked by Real Madrid Coach, Zinedine Zidane for a place in his starting eleven for the team. He has fallen down the pecking order at Real and is even behind Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez.

A player who has contributed less to Real’s success over the years should be priced at nominal value. His initial value when he joined Real three years ago was £63m, and so what is warranting a £7m rise in his value if he has rarely played or done the spectacular?. I think Chelsea could do with alternatives if Real decide to play the hard ball in negotiating a transfer for the Colombian. For the talks about quality and what he would bring to the team, his acquisition should be done at real value. It’s a win-lose situation for Chelsea and the board must make the best decision to avoid buying another expensive flop.

Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!

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OBICHI NWOSU
Nwosu Obichi is an ardent sports lover, analyst and writer with enjoyed numerous views on RSTV SPORTS SHOW and several other platforms. He's a passionate fan of Chelsea Football Club. He's also a human-capita developer, Professional (motivational) Speaker and Author.