Where will James Rodriguez play next?

It’s June and James Rodriguez is still Real Madrid’s number 10. His name continues to be linked to big clubs across Europe, with Chelsea the latest trending destination. Yet no one knows where he’ll end up, and even though it’s still early in the transfer window, the clock’s ticking for the 25 year-old.

A month ago I wrote about the teams that were good fits for James. At the time, Manchester United were the hot suitor, but they hadn’t yet qualified for the Champions League and Antoine Griezmann was their main target. Since then the Red Devils have won the Europa League and Griezmann announced that he’s staying at Atletico Madrid. They still have their sights set on securing a central striker, with James’ Real Madrid teammate Alvaro Morata and Torino frontman Andrea Belotti heading their wish list. Manchester United desperately need a number 9, which makes James Rodriguez to Old Trafford less of a priority, although he’d be the perfect 10 for Mourinho’s side.

There’s this notion that James has to be the focal point of his next club like he is for his country. That’d be ideal, but he can be just as valuable in Europe playing alongside a top striker, unburdened by the responsibility to score in every game. He scored big goals at the Bernabeu, but his link-up play, vision and early crosses were his signatures. He has great chemistry with Morata, and we all know that James’ left foot will be a jewel in the Premier League.

Sergio Ramos recently said that a championship winning team shouldn’t be touched. Antonio Conte disagrees. Chelsea will begin the upcoming Premier League season as defending champions and Conte wants to add depth and younger legs to the squad. He already let Diego Costa go via text to make room for Romelu Lukaku. He could sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco to add a menacing presence in the middle. And with Eden Hazard set to miss the beginning of the season with a fractured right ankle, all of a sudden James to Chelsea is racking up the clicks. James would be an epic stand in for Hazard, and would most likely play opposite Pedro on the wing until the Belgian returns. An attacking trio of James, Lukaku and Hazard would be as good a front three as we’ve seen in England in years. But would Hazard give up the 10 shirt? James is contractually obligated by Adidas to wear the 10 for club and country.

I wouldn’t be surprised if a dark horse steps in for James last-minute. AC Milan are showing the world how serious they are about winning again. They’ve signed Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal, Ricardo Rodriguez from Wolfsburg, Franck Kessie from Atalanta and Porto starlet Andrè Silva in the span of two weeks. Inter Milan have a new manager in Luciano Spalletti and have been linked to James in the past.

When James Rodriguez finally signs for a new club, it’ll be a buzz-worthy push notification from every football media outlet on the planet. But until then, the saga continues.

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Where will James Rodriguez play next?

  1. I have this strange feeling it will be Chelsea. I saw an article linking him to Arsenal which would be interesting. A great move to show Ozil and Sanchez the club is serious, but I doubt it will happen. With the Champions League coming up, Chelsea should be able to keep Hazard, Willian, Pedro, and James happy with enough game time available. I don’t think he is physically ready for the Premier League. He is still young and won’t get the kind of treatment he is used to. That may make Italy a better option for him and his development. Doesn’t he have the same agent as Zlatan, Pogba, and Mourinho? That may make the difference.

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    • A move to Arsenal would be interesting to say the least. James has the same agent as Ronaldo and Mourinho…the one and only Jorge Mendes. That’s why the ManU rumor was so hot. After a World Cup and four seasons in Spain, the dude’s ready for the EPL.

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  2. Hi

    I think that it does not matter if he goes to a british or intalian o german club. He wil fit any where. But the most impotat thing wherever he goes is that he plays, he needs to stop being a substitution and gain confidence steping on the field again, and now more than ever because the Russia World Cup is just one year ahead, we need him at his best condition on the Colombia National team. For example, how good was for Falcao to go back to Monaco? Would it be the same for James ? What about an offensive triangle with Falcao and Mbappe aiming for the Champions on Monaco.

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    • Falcao, Mbappe and James would be a dream front three. But Monaco’s going to sell their top players this summer, and Mbappe won’t be there much longer. In fact, Real Madrid will fund their eventual Mbappe deal by selling James and others.

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