As the curtain comes down on the World Cup in Brazil in the coming days, Europe’s elite clubs can finally begin their meticulous preparation for the 2014/15 campaign that lies ahead.
However, as is always the case in a World Cup summer, transfer speculation steals the headlines when the tournament comes to a close, and this year will be no different.
Real Madrid are always at the centre of attention whenever a star is born in the World Cup, and with Colombia’s James Rodriguez announcing himself to the world in Brazil, all eyes are on the Spanish giants.
Six tournament goals has put Rodriguez top of the scoring charts, but it’s his all-round brilliance that’s made him look a worthy Galactico. Gary Lineker is one of many admirers that the Colombian has won over the last few weeks:
James Rodriguez has wonderful awareness of all around him, and the silkiest of touches. A delightful talent.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 4, 2014
Though there’s a great deal of confusion about how to pronounce his first name, his amount of class simply isn’t up for debate, and he’s the kind of player that would fit in perfectly at the Bernabeu.
With that in mind, reports have emerged that the Monaco man is Real Madrid’s primary target in this year’s transfer window, but the French club won’t let him go cheap.
As Manu Sainz of AS reports, Monaco want €80 million from Real Madrid for their star man, though their interest in several Madrid stars could help drive down his price tag.
Another thing that could see the deal go through is Rodriguez’s desire to don the famous white shirt, as he recently revealed amidst speculation of his future—per Cadena Cope, reported via FourFourTwo:
“I would love to play in Spain. It would be a dream to play there, it is the best league in the world. I prefer Real Madrid to Barcelona.”
Rodriguez still has four years left on his contract at Monaco having signed last summer for €45 million, but his future still hangs in the balance and could depend on whether or not Madrid manage to sell winger Angel Di Maria.
The Argentinian has been the subject of mass transfer speculation this summer, and the latest reports see Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United move in for his signature—per AS, via Liam Prenderville of the Mirror.
Prenderville writes that both PSG and Manchester United have tabled offers of €60 million to land the 26-year-old, who enjoyed his best season to date with Real last term.
Di Maria scored four league goals and added 17 assists in 2013/14 according to WhoScored.com and has forged himself into one of the best wingers on the planet.
With last season’s form in mind, it’s strange to think that Los Blancos are willing to part with their star winger, but journalist Graham Hunter revealed that the club could be selling Di Maria to fund other transfers:
Ok, to clarify. I understand that #DiMaria is in huge demand. I believe RM willing to sell him for big fee to fund their further adventures— Graham Hunter (@BumperGraham) July 7, 2014
It seems that Rodriguez is the man that will come in to replace Di Maria should he be sold, but the question has to be asked whether or not such a deal would be worth it for Madrid.
Who is the better fit for Real Madrid?
Having both players for 2014/15 is what fans would prefer to see, but it looks like being a case of one or the other.
Either way, having players of Di Maria and Rodriguez’s calibre in the squad will do nothing but good things for Real’s mission to retain their European crown next term, it just all comes down to the prices being right.