No matter how hard he tries, it looks like James Rodriguez's place in the world is anywhere but Spain, with his parent club Real Madrid. Following a mixed two-year tenure on loan in Munich with Bayern, where he became one of the most valuable players in the Bundesliga during his first year before barely making 10 starts under Niko Kovac, James has come back to the Spanish capital, but his time there won’t last too long.
With the Bavarians refusing to sign Rodriguez on a permanent deal, now Real Madrid have to find a solution for the James issue. It’s well known that the Colombian figure is not the most appealing player for current club’s boss Zinedine Zidane and he will have to look for a new destination this offseason.
Juventus have been linked to a move for James, with Cristiano Ronaldo even doing some recruitment work to persuade the Colombian to join the Old Lady. Nevertheless, it seems like his destination might be indeed in Italy, but not in Turin.
ESPN Colombia (via Football Italia) report that the midfielder will now join Napoli in another loan deal this summer to reunite with his former boss Carlo Ancelotti. Expected to cost an initial €10 million, Napoli will be able to sign Rodriguez on a permanent deal at the end of his loan for a fee of around €30 million and €40 million.
Perhaps many people believe this is not the best move for the Colombian midfielder, but he could be the cornerstone of an ambitious Napoli project led by Ancelotti. Despite not having made any significant signing this summer, the Colombia international can be the best start for the Parthenoppeans to assemble a team that takes them to finally steal the Serie A trophy from Juventus’ hands.