James Rodríguez's arrival in Madrid is imminent, with the player having told Monaco that he doesn't want to play a single minute for them during this pre-season. The Colombian star does not want to put his dream move at risk by potentially picking up an injury in a friendly, and the side from the principality are aware of this.
Monaco have started their pre-season training in Miami, and on Wednesday they are due to play a friendly against Atlético Nacional there. He has ruled himself out of the running to play, and will presumably train alone until he signs for the Spanish side.
Madrid's latest offer is €80m, which will be offset by the inclusion of a Madrid player, potentially Diego López.
As revealed by AS yesterday, Madrid have reserved James's room at their Valdebebas training ground, and hope the player is part of their squad by 1 August, when they train in Los Angeles (USA). This is the date that Madrid's international who reached the World Cup quarterfinals (Benzema and Varane) will return. This is also the stage that the Colombian reached in Brazil.
Break. If James gets his move to Madrid, the attacker will have 25 days of holiday. After losing to Brazil on 4 July, James returned to Colombia the next day and went on holiday on 6 July, first to Medellín and then to Ibagué, where he is from, where he was seen with his daughter Salomé.
James is waiting for the call from Madrid, but first Di María's situation will need to be resolved. The money that the Whites get from the sale of 'El Fideo' will go towards James's arrival.