Real Madrid want James Rodríguez to be their big statement of the summer, and they know what it will cost: €80m. This is the price that Monaco have put on the Colombian player following his incredible World Cup. He want to Brazil as a €35m player and left worth over double that.
James's desire to sign for Madrid could see Monaco sell for €70m, and the club from the principality are also interested in some Madrid players, something which could help bring the price down. Coentrao, Casemiro and Morata appeal to Monaco's president Dimitri Rybololev, with Diego López also an option.
The attacking midfielder signed for the French outfit from Porto last summer in a deal with €45m and still has four years left on his contract. His performances have seen him acquire many suitors, including Madrid president Florentino Perez, who said last Wednesday in a public event that he would love to see the player don white for the 2014-15 campaign.
The side from the Spanish capital have been on the player's tracks since the U17 World Cup in 2007, and was even offered to Madrid before he signed for Porto. However his performances in Brazil have left those at the Bernabéu in little doubt that James is the man to help the reigning European champions push on. He has won three man of the match awards, and with six strikes leads the goalscoring charts, two ahead of Messi, Müller, and Neymar.