Juventus are reportedly looking at a €45m deal to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez this summer after he has failed to have the desired impact in Spain.
The Colombian international is understood to be growing frustrated with his position in the Spanish capital, having been limited to 28 appearances in all competitions so far this season with eight goals and nine assists to show for his efforts.
However, having failed to cement his place in the side under Zinedine Zidane after initially struggling in Rafa Benitez’s tenure, it could force him to consider his options and join a club where he is made a focal point of their plans.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Juve could be the club to step up and give him that opportunity, with suggestions that agent Jorge Mendes has offered the Turin giants his client.
Injuries have also limited Rodriguez this season, but it is certainly a disappointing development for all concerned after he arrived at the Bernabeu with big expectations following his form at Monaco and at the 2014 World Cup.
While Juve are expected to face competition for him this summer, it remains to be seen which interested party is able to meet Real’s demands as well as offer a package that would suit Rodriguez.
The Bianconeri secured their fifth consecutive Serie A title earlier this week, but their ultimate aim is to rule in Europe.
Rodriguez’s quality could make the difference in that regard, but he’ll have to fight for his place and show a mental strength that he hasn’t in Spain as competition is likely to be just as fierce in Turin.
Massimiliano Allegri has built a solid group, and any additions will have to give them that leap in quality as well as fit in to their philosophy.
It has been disappointing to see Rodriguez’s career stagnate as he was one of the most exciting players in Europe at one stage. In turn, perhaps a fresh start elsewhere will be the right move for him.