Chelsea transfer news: Hiddink green lights January move for world-class playmaker

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Chelsea appear to be ready to make a January move for Real Madrid superstar James Rodriguez.

Spanish publication Fichajes claim, via Sky Sports, that interim manager Guus Hiddink has green lighted the signing of the Colombian international when the transfer window reopens next month.

Fichajes adds that Rodriguez is unhappy with how things are going under manager Rafa Benitez at Madrid and would consider leaving the Bernabeu for the Premier League in the New Year.

Hiddink has been tasked with saving Chelsea’s season after Jose Mourinho oversaw their worst start to a league campaign in 37 years, which has left them 15th in the table just shy of the halfway stage.

Rodriguez is the calibre of player who could give the Blues a much-needed boost. He has scored 20 goals and provided 24 assists in 56 games since his £63m arrival in 2014 – fee reported by The Guardian.

He would be a great signing as long as Chelsea do not have to sacrifice Eden Hazard. Spanish outlet Don Balon, cited in the Metro, have previously tipped the Belgian to go to Real as part of a blockbuster swap.

Although Hazard is yet to score in the Premier League this season, he won the PFA Player of the Year award last term and should get back to his best now that he is free of Mourinho’s shackles.

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