Newcastle United have been linked with yet another huge name. The latest completely ridiculous transfer link is Real Madrid’s Colombian superstar James Rodriguez.
According to various reports in the Sunday papers, both at home and abroad, United are one of a few Premier League teams interested in capturing the signature of Rodriguez who is out of favour at the Bernabeu.
It seems inevitable that the Colombian will be leaving Madrid this summer. He previously spent a two year loan period at Bayern Munich – but the German champions opted not to trigger the clause to make the move permanent and replaced him with a loanee from Barcelona in Philippe Coutinho… with whom Newcastle have also been linked.
The Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle is seemingly just mere days away and, as you would expect, the Magpies name is being bandied about left, right and centre by agents and the likes in order to drum up interest in their clients.
The takeover, should it happen, will make Newcastle the richest club in the world on paper – so it’s only natural you should see links like these appear. As for the Rodriguez one, while my tone to this point may have seemed somewhat dismissive – it’s actually far more realistic than most other links – such as the Coutinho one.
Rodriguez turns 29 in January and would present the perfect marquee signing for the new regime to get their tenure as owners off to a massive start. While Coutinho would reportedly cost somewhere in the region of £80m, Rodriguez is reportedly available at £30m – or three quarters of a Joelinton…
It seems this move could be doable but there’s been plenty of rumblings linking the player with a move to Everton. Rodriguez has worked with Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti before and would reportedly welcome the opportunity to do so again.
As Everton are one of the two other teams supposed to be chasing Rodriguez’s signature (other is Arsenal), that could be a bit of an issue if these rumours are indeed true.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t see this link as being real. To me it sounds as though his agent has mentioned Newcastle to the media in a bid to try and boost the transfer fee or drum up interest in Rodriguez.
As with pretty much all other transfer speculation out there at the moment, take it with a rather large dose of salt. It could be true but, given that the takeover hasn’t even gone through yet, the chances are it’s complete and utter tosh.