James Rodriguez will be a big name signing if he makes the move from Spain to West London.
Despite making a big transfer switch of £86m to Real Madrid, the Colombian has found himself out of favour in Zinedine Zidane’s regime. The 25-year-old has never been considered by the Madrid legend and with the current crop of players in the first eleven for Madrid, it’s not too hard to see why.
However when the likes of Marco Asensio and Isco have usurped him in the pecking order, he has every reason to be angry.
Rodriguez started just 16 games in all competitions for Los Blancos in the concluded campaign and made 17 substitute appearances, a far cry from the 44 games he started in his first season at Madrid.
Albeit, his stats are still impressive despite his limited appearances. In his first campaign with Madrid (which is his most prolific of his career), he scored 17 goals and set up another 18.
A year later, with his appearances dropping, his returns also dropped to 8 goals and 10 assists, while this season he scored 11 and assisted 13 despite staring only 16 games.
In terms of goals and assists per minute, Rodriguez has had his best season to date. He was directly involved in a goal every 76 minutes that he was on the pitch. That’s better than the one every 103 minutes he played for Real in 2015/16, the one every 101 minutes in 2014/15, the one every 121 minutes for both Monaco in 2013/14 and Porto in 2012/13 and the one every 104 minutes for Porto in 2011/12.
One thing is for sure, Rodriguez might not be starting enough games for Madrid, but his quality is still evident. Although £70 million for a fringe player still remains outrageous.