The Colombian play-maker had recently talked about the possibility of leaving Real Madrid, and was spotted at the British Embassy in Bogota.
James Rodriguez has been on the radar of many Premier League teams since the 2014-15 season, especially after the FIFA World Cup with a brilliant display for Colombia and also winning the golden boot. It seems natural then that two years later he has offers from “6-7 clubs and a week’s time to think.”
Having been left out of the Galacticos’ lineup for the majority of the season so far, the midfielder has made only eight appearances; for the Champions League and for the Club World Cup winners. The lack in playing time might have compelled him to force his way out of the Bernabeu, all the way to the Premier League.
Chelsea has shown quite an interest in the player. Antonio Conte is ready to bring the player to Stamford Bridge for an astounding fee of £75 million.
The main question, however, remains — Is James Rodriguez the right man for Chelsea AT THE MOMENT?
The Blues seem to be in sublime form with 11 victories in a row after their win against Crystal Palace. The new 3-4-3 formation has worked for the former Juventus and Italian national team coach, and how! The partnership between N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic in the midfield is brilliant, and the front and back three for Chelsea are in great form. No wonder they are sitting on top of the Premier League table, six points clear off Liverpool.
Oscar was a regularly starting player for Jose Mourinho in the title-winning 2014-15 season, but had a dismal 2015-16 season along with the rest of the team (apart from Willian). The Brazilian has been out-of-favour with Antonio Conte, so he’s decided to go to China Oscar’s departure to China seems certain since Conte has dropped quite a few hints recently about this news.
James’s case might look the same during the latter half of this season. If Conte left out Oscar, who is in Chelsea for the fifth season, then one can imagine how much effort James will have to put in to break into this new-look and in-form Chelsea side.
Chelsea’s Colombian recruit and a fellow team-mate of James, Juan Cuadrado was bought by Mourinho in the winter transfer window of the 2014-15 season and failed spectacularly to live up to the expectations of the Stamford Bridge faithful. He is currently loaned to Juventus for three seasons, so that clearly sounds like a farewell to Juan after a dismal half season. Radamel Falcao, taken on loan, was with James during his time at Monaco. He failed to make an impact for Chelsea in the dismal 2015-16 campaign.So Chelsea’s Colombian international players have not had a great time at the Bridge.
With players like Cesc Fabregas and new summer signing Michy Batshuayi struggling to break into the first team since the start of the season, James Rodriguez will have to work really hard should he arrive at Stamford Bridge to join Conte’s blue army and live up to the expectations of the fans as well as the people who provided the finance for his transfer.
The James Rodriguez transfer can be a huge boost for Chelsea’s title hopes though— the problem of less options available so as to replace the tired players which led to a dismal 2015-16 campaign could be tackled. But James would certainly like first team action immediately given his unique style of play complimented with excellent passing and shooting skills.
So the question to be asked before talking about a much fancied transfer to Stamford bridge would be, whether James Rodriguez can be a good signing for Chelsea at the moment. If we are talking about long term goals, he has the ability to become one of the main team members in any world class team. Conte is known for his superb man management skills and if James comes to Stamford Bridge, he will have found a way to fit him in the squad by that time.
Before signing off, we would like to thank the lovely Spruha Kurlekar for her timely and crucial contribution towards this article. This article wouldn’t have been a success without her.