Chelsea in pole position to sign Real Madrid star, Arsenal and United fall behind

Sankha Ghosh / 16 August 2016

Chelsea are weighing up a surprise move for Manchester United’s long-term target James Rodriguez.

The Colombian has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid after falling down the pecking order at the Bernabeu.

And according to Spanish publication Sport, the Blues are ready to table a bid for the midfielder and offer him a way out of the capital.

Another Spanish publication Marca earlier this month reported, a mysterious Premier League club has made a stunning £72million bid for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez.

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.

James has fallen down the pecking order at the La Liga giants and was overlooked for last season’s Champions League final victory over rivals Atletico Madrid.

Antonio Conte’s side have endured a difficult summer in the transfer market, managing to tie up just two deals so far.

Michy Batshuayi was the first, arriving at Stamford Bridge after previously being linked with  west Ham and Crystal Palace.

Conte then moved to tie up a deal for N’Golo Kante, who was snapped up from Premier League champions Leicester for a fee of £30million.

The Blues could make a move for Rodriguez with Conte desperate to bolster his squad to give them the best possible chance of regaining the title they relinquished so easily last season.

while Chelsea want their business conducted swiftly, the Blues are willing to wait until deadline day to land chief target Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku has been slapped with a £75m price tag by former club Everton, but is keen to return to the club he left just two years ago.

While life in the transfer market has been difficult, the Blues got their Premier League campaign up and running with a 2-1 win over West Ham.

Meanwhile, a sensational rise to prominence of Marco Asensio could force Real to sell James Rodriguez.

Asensio is regarded as 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.