Juventus set to sign James Rodriguez

Author: Daily Mail
James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez

Juventus have emerged as frontrunners to sign Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez and will hold talks with the player's representatives, according to reports in both Italy and Spain.

James currently remains on loan with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, but will return to the Spanish capital at the end of the season following the expiry of a two-year arrangement.

Bayern are believed to have the option to permanently acquire the services of James for just over £30million (€35m), but have yet to give solid indication they will be doing so.

Reports in Italy, picked up by Football Espana, now claim Juve will make the move for the golden boy of the 2014 World Cup.

'The Old Lady’s sporting director Fabio Paratici is set to hold talks with the midfielder’s agent Jorge Mendes at an event in Dubai, where the possibility of a transfer will be discussed,' the report states.

At present James has returned to Madrid, temporarily, while he recovers from a recently sustained ankle injury.

The Colombia talisman has been out of action for Bayern, amid rumours he has fallen out of the plans of manager Niko Kovac.

James spent three season playing for Madrid since signing from Monaco in July 2014, helping them to two European titles, but started just 13 La Liga games in his final campaign.

A potential switch to Turin would see James link up once more with Cristiano Ronaldo, who he played alongside at the Bernabeu.