Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez is open to relocating to the Premier League amid speculations that Chelsea have seen an offer rejected for him, according to reports.
The Colombian international is one of many players across Europe expected to be on the move before the transfer window closes on Wednesday night after falling down in the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu since the turn of the year.
Spanish publication Marca have previously claimed Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and even West Ham are all keen to secure the service of the 25-year-old Colombian star.
He has been linked with several clubs including Serie A champions Juventus, but the Daily Mirror have revealed that the Blues have made the first move by launching an audacious bid for the 24-year-old.
However, the report adds that Los Blancos president Florentino Perez has blocked the offer as it’s understood that he prefers to cash in on Rodriguez on a permanent deal worth £60m.
Furthermore, it’s believed that the former Porto and Monaco star and his family are keen on a move to England which will be music to the ears of Blues manager Antonio Conte.
The Italian has found it difficult to add to his squad this summer and a potential deal to take Rodriguez to Stamford Bridge may yet be decided in the final hours of transfer deadline day on August 31.
Rodriguez’s future is thought to be uncertain at the Bernabeu after falling down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane.
The 25-year-old is struggling to secure himself a place in the starting XI with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro all impressing.
Meanwhile, a sensational rise to prominence of Marco Asensio could force Real to sell James Rodriguez.
Asensio is regarded as a more versatile option to Rodriguez and some of Real’s other midfielders and Zidane is said to be keen to give the 20-year-old a big role this season.