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Real Madrid ready to raid Monaco for James Rodriguez

| 02.07.2014

As Real Madrid prepare to once again splash the cash in the transfer market, hoping to defend their 10th Champions League trophy and reclaim La Liga from city rivals Atletico Madrid, Coral are offering a super special bet. Explosive attacker James Rodriguez is available at 7/1 to sign for the Spanish giants before the summer transfer window closes.

Currently leading the World Cup scoring charts with five goals, including a show-stopping volley to propel his nation past Uruguay in the last 16, Rodriguez will face his biggest test yet, as Colombia clash with hosts Brazil.
As the Coffee Growers talisman, having successfully stepped into the void of injury-stricken striker Radamel Falcao, Rodriguez has steered his side into a mouth-watering quarter-final collision, attracting the attentions of Europe’s elite.

Madrid, who already boast an amazing array of attacking talent, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Angel Di Maria and Isco, want to add another forward threat to their bloated, star-studded squad.

A signal of intent from bitter rivals Barcelona, who are reported to be in talks with Liverpool over a deal for World Cup villain Luis Suarez, could be enough to trigger a counter-strike in the Spanish capital.
Poised to become the latest Galactico, versatile Rodriguez has also contributed to Colombia’s World Cup campaign with two assists, and could slot almost anywhere in attack, terrorising defences across Europe as part of a fluid three alongside Bale and Ronaldo.

Having already admitted he would “prefer Real Madrid”, the 22-year-old would add further pace and potency to the swashbuckling side, who netted 104 goals despite finishing third in La Liga, as they seek to leave Barca and Atletico firmly in the shade.

Having only signed for affluent AS Monaco last season from Porto, for a reported fee of £35m, Rodriguez will not leave cheaply. Real certainly have pockets deep enough to tempt the Ligue 1 title contenders, with a history of record-breaking big money moves under their belt, but will surely need to offload another of their superstars first.

Argentina attacker Di Maria shone for Los Blancos last term in an advanced midfield role, as the capital club recorded a historic 10th Champions League title, but could well find himself the first casualty of Florentino Perez’s summer splurge.

In a move that would anger current La Liga champions Atletico, reports are now circulating that their former forward, and Rodriguez’s compatriot and clubmate, Falcao, could also join Madrid, with Di Maria heading in the opposite direction.

As transfer speculation gathers, Colombia, 7/2 to beat Brazil, will be hoping their newest hero can keep focus, and help the South American nation to reach the first World Cup semi-final in their history.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.