Chelsea are reportedly considering some additional business before the transfer market closes later this week, with the Blues looking to strengthen both ends of the pitch. While the majority of their attention has been focused on improving defence, the attacking midfield role could also be reinforced, though it will cost the club dearly. Transfer gossip is now stating that Chelsea will have to pay at least £60 million to sign top transfer target James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.
The Colombian superstar joined Los Blancos from Monaco for around £65 million, having impressed with his national team in the 2014 World Cup. Although initially a hit at the Bernabeu, Rodriguez has fallen out of favour under current manager Zinedine Zidane, who is hoping to trim down his squad before the end of the summer.
Some reports suggested that Real president Florentino Perez would intervene and prevent Rodriguez from being sold, instead preferring to allow Isco to leave. However, these latest rumours claim that Real have rejected Chelsea’s loan bid for the 25-year-old playmaker because they want a permanent departure. Perez has seemingly changed his mind about the player’s future in Madrid, and would prefer to recoup as much money as possible, setting a £60 million price tag on the deal.