The latest development in the James Rodriguez transfer saga this summer was reported in the Independent over the weekend, as they claimed that Manchester United have stolen a big march.
It is understood that United have stepped up their discussions with Real Madrid over the signing of the Colombian midfielder, and are looking at pushing for a move to be completed in the next month.
But with Spanish news outlet Diario Gol claiming that Madrid president Florentino Perez has now offered Rodriguez to Chelsea to raise funds at the Bernabeu, who will come out on top this summer?
It’s currently anybody’s game as far as Sky Bet are concerned at the minute, with a move to Old Trafford priced at 3/1 with a switch to Stamford Bridge narrowly priced at the longer odds of 7/2.
Yet a real spanner could be thrown in the works of proposed moves for Rodriguez, with French side Paris-Saint Germain now priced as slight favourites at 2/1.
France Football had claimed during June that the Ligue One giants had all-but secured a summer transfer for the 25-year-old midfielder, and a month down the line the bookies now seem to agree.
But there is, of course, the option that Real Madrid won’t sell Rodriguez this summer and he will continue playing his football in the Spanish capital next season, vying once more for regular action.
And somewhat surprisingly reports from Spain have claimed that Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane would be more than content if he did stay at the club, with Marca reporting that the Colombian returned to pre-season training, and odds of him staying at the Bernabeu have plummeted to 7/2.
But, with Marca also reporting that Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos is set to be announced at some point on Monday afternoon, it could be the catalyst needed for Rodriguez to push for a move.
It’s certainly one of the more intriguing transfer sagas of the summer so far, with a new twist seemingly around the corner each day, and it’ll be worth keeping an eye on as the window goes on.
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