The Blues are willing to pay big to replace Oscar
Chelsea are ready to splash £75 million to secure the services of out-of-favour Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, in a bid to replace outbound star Oscar.
The Stamford Bridge outfit are set to pocket £62 million from a deal that will see Brazilian Oscar head to Shanghai SIPG, in the Chinese Super League, and have already identified the Colombia international as his replacement.
Oscar’s departure is all but confirmed and the club are willing to put a further £13 million towards a transfer for James, with the 25-year-old having been limited to just eight appearances in La Liga.
Real are not wanting to let go of the player, who they signed from AS Monaco in 2014, due to Gareth Bale currently being out with a long-term injury.
However, Antonio Conte is hoping that, by matching the fee they paid to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu a couple of years ago, they can tempt Los Blancos to part ways with the player.
Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want to be short in reserve, however, although the Colombian would likely jump at the chance to feature more regularly with a Premier League side that are now favourites for the title.
A move for James would also allow to Conte rest Eden Hazard on occasions, without damaging the dynamic of his team.
Reports claim Chelsea will have a better chance of acquiring James in the winter transfer window, after Conte’s move for the player was blocked in the summer.