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Saturday August 17 2019
James only on Real Madrid bench

Napoli transfer target James Rodriguez was on the Real Madrid bench today, but didn’t even warm up during a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo.

The Colombia international returned to base after a two-year loan at Bayern Munich and was expected to leave this summer, but the Partenopei refused to pay €42m.

They are holding out for a loan with option to buy at the end of the season deal, while Real do not want to sell to rivals Atletico Madrid.

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Friday August 16 2019
Napoli target James off the market?

James Rodriguez might not leave Real Madrid after an Eden Hazard injury, leaving Napoli and Atletico Madrid high and dry.

The Colombia international just returned to the Bernabeu after a two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich.

Nobody has so far met the €42m asking price, as Napoli were determined to only get him on loan with option to buy, while Real Madrid were unhappy at the idea of selling to rivals Atleti.

It was confirmed today that summer signing Hazard has suffered a muscular tear and could therefore be out for four to six weeks.

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Friday August 16 2019
Zidane: James in Madrid plans

Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Napoli target James Rodriguez is in his Real Madrid plans. “He’s fit and I’m glad he’s in the squad.”

James struggled to catch a break during Zidane’s first tenure as Madrid boss and spent the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich.

He chose not to make his spell permanent and was expected to join Napoli, but Los Blancos’ failure to sign Paul Pogba has seemingly kept the midfielder in Spain.

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Thursday August 15 2019
Napoli: Madrid to keep James?

Napoli have been dealt a blow for James Rodriguez as it is alleged Real Madrid will not sell him if they cannot sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United.

Deals for James and Pogba are proving hard to come by, with Napoli insisting on a loan deal for the former and United pricing Madrid out of the later.

United are in a position of power with regards to the Frenchman as the English transfer window has already closed and the Red Devils are under no pressure to sell.

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Tuesday August 13 2019
Rodrigo frees Correa for Milan

Angel Correa is now free to join Milan for €55m after Atletico Madrid reportedly agreed a €60m deal for Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno.

Spanish reports this morning suggest Rodrigo did not train with his Valencia teammates because he is ready to complete the transfer to Atleti.

That would give the Colchoneros reason to let Correa go to Milan, where he already agreed personal terms, and the clubs worked out a fee of €55m.

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Tuesday August 13 2019
Donnarumma sacrifice for James or Isco?

Milan are reportedly ready to sell Gianluigi Donnarumma to PSG, hoping to reinvest in Real Madrid outcasts Isco or James Rodriguez.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport, Donnarumma is very close to accepting a move to Paris Saint-Germain, where he’d reunite with former Rossoneri director Leonardo.

The initial offer of €20m plus Alphonse Areola was rejected, as the San Siro giants want cash only to part with their 20-year-old sensation.

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Monday August 12 2019
Napoli: Zidane 'counting' on James

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has assured that he is still ‘counting’ on James Rodriguez, casting doubt over a possible move to Napoli.

Napoli have long been on James’ trail, but their reluctance to splash out €42m means the midfielder is still a Madrid player.

The Colombian was left out of Los Blancos’ last two friendlies against Red Bull Salzburg and Roma, but Zidane made it clear he could yet work his way back into contention.

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Sunday August 11 2019
James & Mariano miss Roma clash

Real Madrid have again left James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz out of their squad to face Roma.

The pair both missed Madrid’s 1-0 defeat to Red Bull Salzburg midweek, and they will once more be absent for tonight’s friendly at the Olimpico.

However, Gareth Bale has been brought back into the squad.

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Saturday August 10 2019
Giuntoli: 'Some Napoli targets still secret'

Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli admits interest in Everton Soares and James Rodriguez, but also warns “some names haven’t hit the headlines.”

The Partenopei faced Barcelona in Ann Arbor this evening for the second game in the inaugural La Liga-Serie A Cup, but the focus for the media remained the transfer market. With both Napoli and Barca looking for trophies this season, tips on the best betting strategy for the campaign can be found here

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Friday August 9 2019
James added to Real Madrid squad

Napoli and Atletico Madrid transfer target James Rodriguez has been given the Number 16 jersey at Real Madrid and added to the website.

The Colombia international had until now been notable by his absence in the gallery of players for the 2019-20 season.

He returned from a two-year loan at Bayern Munich and was expected to move on again this summer, but Napoli only wanted him on loan with option to buy, while the Merengues are reticent to hand over a talent to Atletico Madrid.

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