James Rodriguez sentenced to Premier League move

Only option is a move to England in July

Posted Sunday, March 29, 2020 by Marca.com

James Rodriguez sentenced to Premier League move

In the summer of 2019, James Rodriguez rejected offers from the Premier League as the Colombian playmaker had not even contemplated going to England at that time, yet in 2020 he might have to reconsider this stance.

There were three teams in Italy and Spain which attracted James: Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Juventus.

Arsenal's current interest in the midfielder isn't new - they also made an offer for the player in 2019 - but he instructed his agent, Jorge Mendes, to look at other options.

Juventus didn't end up making an offer, but Napoli and Atletico Madrid tried until the final closing stages of the summer transfer window.

Carlo Ancelotti asked Aurelio de Laurentiis to sign the player specifically, but he never offered the money that Real Madrid wanted.

Napoli hoped to secure a loan deal with an option to buy for 2020, but the two clubs couldn't agree on that at all, a situation not helped by negative public statements made by the Napoli president about Florentino Perez.

Diego Simeone wanted James and Atletico made an offer to their rivals, but the heavy 7-3 defeat suffered by Los Blancos at the hands of their rivals in pre-season made Florentino change his mind.

He didn't want to risk the ire of supporters by selling such a popular player to their fierce rivals, however the landscape is now rather different.

Napoli no longer have Ancelotti whilst Atletico have other priorities, and thus the most feasible exit for James is to the Premier League.

He's no longer in a position to reject a good offer and Arsenal remain significantly interested, and they have the biggest chance to sign him.

Everton now have Ancelotti as coach, but he hasn't yet shown a renewed interest in the player, but what is now clear is that the Premier League is James' only way out.

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