Sunday June 23 2019
James option depends on Napoli Scudetto

More details are emerging on Napoli’s deal with Real Madrid for James Rodriguez, on loan with option to buy, but obligation if they win the Scudetto.

The Colombia international has just completed a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich, who won’t take up their €40m option to make the move permanent.

There is no room for him at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane, so Carlo Ancelotti is eager to reunite with the creative midfielder in Naples.

According to the latest reports from Tuttosport, the deal is a €5m one-season loan with option to buy for another €30-35m.

There is also a clause which makes it an obligation to purchase outright only if Napoli win the Serie A title.

La Gazzetta dello Sport also point out the solution to the image rights issue, as President Aurelio De Laurentiis always demands every new player signs over his image rights entirely.

It’s reported De Laurentiis is convinced James Rodriguez will become a superstar at Napoli and he can vastly increase the current revenue from his sponsorships and advertising campaigns.