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Chelsea Wants This Real Madrid Midfielder; Should Conte Break The Bank For Him?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

After a dream World Cup campaign with Colombia, James Rodriguez, the Golden Boy of world football, earned his dream move to Real Madrid, arguably the most prestigious club in the world. Real Madrid Florentino Perez president signed the Colombian attacking midfielder for a whopping fee of around £71m and in his first season at Santiago Bernabeu, it looked like James could be one of the best ever players to play in a Real Madrid kit. However, you never know how quickly time changes and after a long turn of events, the poster boy of Colombian football is nothing more than just a bench-warmer at Real Madrid.

ESPN are reporting that Premier League giants Chelsea are looking to offer the Colombian superstar an exit route from Real Madrid and are willing to pay €70m for his signature. If Conte can pull off this signing, mark my words that Chelsea will be frontrunners for the Premier League title.

We have already seen what Conte can do as Chelsea looks reborn under the Italian mastermind. Players like Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, who struggled for form throughout the last campaign, have already come back to life. Yes, Manchester City and United both look solid but Chelsea, without making too many big signings are not much behind and adding a player of James Rodriguez’s caliber can turn the scenario around completely.

Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring against Paraguay during a Copa America Centenario football match in Pasadena, California, United States, on June 7, 2016. / AFP / Frederic J. Brown (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Colombia’s James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring against Paraguay during a Copa America Centenario football match in Pasadena, California, United States, on June 7, 2016. / AFP / Frederic J. Brown (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

James is right now out of favour at Real Madrid but he never failed to perform for the Los Blancos. The Colombian does not suit Zidane’s 4-3-3 system which brought success to the club in the form of their 11th Champions League title. It would be a good decision from James Rodriguez if he parts ways with the Spanish capital club now as a player of his caliber deserves to play week in week out for any club in the world.

With James and Hazard in the same team and capable players like Willian, Oscar, Pedro, Moses all adding plenty of flamboyance and creativity to the side, Chelsea will easily possess the most dangerous creative department in the Premier League and with Costa at his peak, Chelsea will bang in goals for fun.

A classic number ten, James has everything you want from an attacking midfielder. He can score from direct free kicks, can unlock the most resolute defence with his deadly vision. Just aged 25, James is still quite young and can be a part of Chelsea’s project for plenty of years to follow. An immediate upgrade on Oscar, Chelsea should not have a second thought before breaking the bank on the Colombian wizard.

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