AS: Madrid ready to include James in the deal for Eriksen
- AS reported that James Rodriguez could be included in the deal between Real Madrid and Tottenham for Christian Eriksen
- James's second loan season at Bayern Munich can't be called successful with him having just 12 appearances with just one full match played
- Nevertheless, he continues to be a valuable player on the transfer market with clubs like Arsenal, Juventus and Napoli tracking the 27-year-old Colombian
- He could be a bargaining chip in Florentino Perez's quest to bring the Dane to Santiago Bernabeu
Spanish newspaper AS reported that our loanee may become a part of the deal to bring Christian Erkisen to Santiago Bernabeu as the club is allegedly preparing an initial offer for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
James Rodriguez might be of service still. The player is spending his second loan spell in Bundesliga and it doesn't look too good for the Colombian at the moment. He has 12 matches under his belt this season with just one full 90-minute match played. James has been struggling with ankle and knee injuries which prevented him to perform the way he did in his first season at Real Madrid in 2014/2015.
Former Madrid star Rodriguez wasn't happy with playing the second fiddle so he opted for a two-year loan move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2017. The Germans could possibly sign him for £39.5m when the current season ends, however, it now seems unlikely.
James has only made 12 appearances for Bayern since the start of the 2018/2019 campaign as he is reportedly at loggerheads with the Bundesliga giants' new head coach, Niko Kovac. He contributed to total 22 goals last term, however, this season, this figure is significantly lower as he has only scored three times and provided one assist.
Nevertheless, Bayern Munich head coach believes James' future will be settled when the current campaign ends: "The competition is very big, but anyone can earn [their place]. All the players signing a contract here know that you can be out of the team."
"James is playing for his future. I expect him to keep pushing. I see that he is motivated and focused, he wants to play more than in the past. As a coach, I can only rate what I see on the pitch, which is the standard for him, but also for everyone else. Nothing else matters."
According to Daily Mail, Arsenal could use the Colombian's struggles in Bundesliga in order to secure his arrival already in winter. Bayern have already paid £11.5m for James' two-year loan and the Gunners will only have to add £3million to take over the loan deal for the rest of the 2018/2019 season.
Eriksen is much better than Isco but Real still shouldn’t buy him. Attacking midfielders don’t seem to fit in Madrid. Just look at James, Kaka, Ozil, Sneijder, and now Isco. https://t.co/gC9FRm9cp3— albert (@alberhmk) January 16, 2019
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