Reports: Atletico Madrid in Race to Sign James Rodriguez

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Atletico Madrid are interested in signing James Rodriguez from rivals Real Madrid and the player wants to make the move happen, as per reports.

Earlier this summer Bayern Munich declined to trigger an option to sign James permanently following two years on loan, and he is not in Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans.

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Napoli had looked a likely destination, bringing a reunion with manager Carlo Ancelotti who worked with James at both Madrid and Bayern. However, the asking price could prove a problem for last season’s Serie A runners-up.

“James wants to play for Napoli, but Madrid are asking for too much money,” Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said last week.

Atletico have been working hard for over a month in a bid to bring James to the Wanda Metropolitano — and a deal could be done around the €42 million price set between Bayern and Real in 2017.

Despite Atletico having already spent over €200m this summer, including a club record €126m on Portugal international Joao Felix, the departures of Antoine Griezmann, Rodri and Lucas Hernandez mean funds are available to add one more big signing ahead of next season.

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