Atletico Madrid in the hunt for €50m-rated Red Devils long-term target

Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez is edging closer to a stay in Madrid as he prepares to swap the Santiago Bernabeu for the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in a surprise move. Rodriguez wants to stay in the Spanish capital and has told Los Blancos that he wants a move to the red and white half of the city to join Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old attacker spent the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 campaigns on loan with the Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich, and despite Bavarians losing Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben this summer, the German club haven’t followed up on their relationship with Colombian star.

Napoli were also said to be interested but were pushing for a loan deal with an option to buy at it’s the conclusion, which Real Madrid were not to keen on. Man United were linked with Colombian playmaker during the last season, but Norwegian manager prefers to sign Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes this summer.

Los Rojiblancos have since moved into pole position with James’ preference to stay in Madrid a key selling point, while Los Blancos are looking to get a straight fee and are willing to do business with Atleti to do so. UCL giants have valued Rodriguez at €42m, and his sale would assist them in their pursuits of Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen.

This comes after an already expensive transfer window for the Spanish club which has seen them welcome: Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Serbian striker Luka Jovic, Porto centre-back Eder Militao, Lyon defender Ferland Mendy and Brazilian forward Rodrygo Goes.