Juventus could agree to the €55m transfer of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid this summer, reuniting the player with Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports.
Rodriguez is currently coming towards the end of a two-year loan at Bayern Munich. Although the Bundesliga club have an option-to-buy in the deal, it isn’t anticipated that they’re going to take it up, so the 27-year-old will return to Real Madrid this summer.
According to Tuttosport (via Le10Sport), a transfer to Juventus after that is ‘very likely’. Real Madrid reportedly have good relations with the Italian champions, and ‘could agree to a transfer’ for around €55m.
The report adds that Arsenal are also interested in the Colombian international, but Juventus’ ambitions and Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence are likely to tip the scales against The Gunners. Rodriguez’s father Wilson recently admitted his son is good friends with the Portuguese superstar, and he added that Juventus would be a good option.
“He has received many offers,” Wilson Rodriguez said (via CalcioMercato). “Juventus? He is a good friend of Cristiano Ronaldo. The way I see Italian football, going to Juventus would be a good decision.”
If he’s going to cost around €55m, it does seem pretty unlikely Arsenal will really go for James. There would have to be a pretty major outgoing for that to be a feasible investment, particularly given the squad’s need for top quality defenders. We’ll see.