New Twist: A mysterious EPL club submit £72million bid for highly-rated Real Madrid star

Sankha Ghosh / 06 August 2016

A mysterious Premier League club has made a stunning £72million bid for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, reports Spanish publication Marca.

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.

And now the newspaper reports that one Premier League side has put a bid on the table.

Rodriguez has been consistently linked with a summer move over the past few months after falling down the pecking order at the Bernabeu under boss Zinedine Zidane.

There were reports last month that the Colombian playmaker could be tempted by a move to England this summer and that three Premier League big boys are keen on him.

They added that Real would let the ex-Monaco ace leave for the right price but Zidane came out this week to clear out, he would not be sold, saying: “I do not want James to leave. He is a Madrid player.”

But Marca now claim that Rodriguez’s future is up in the air yet again.

They say a huge offer from England has been submitted and that the rise to prominence of Marco Asensio could force Real to sell him.

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.

Zidane and president Florentino Perez are reportedly in agreement that their squad is bloated and needs to be trimmed down.

Jese has already completed his move from Real to Paris St-Germain but reports from Spain say either Rodriguez or fellow midfielder Isco will leave as well before the end of the transfer window.

United have long been linked with Rodriguez but their impending £110million transfer for Paul Pogba could mean funds are too tight to complete a deal.

Chelsea and West Ham do have available cash and are both still active in the transfer window.

Arsenal have also tried to persuade the Colombian to make a switch to the Emirates but their offer was rejected straightaway.