Real Madrid keen to offload £125m duo as Premier League giants circle

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Real Madrid have reportedly informed Premier League clubs interested in signing Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez that they will have to pay out substantial fees.

Both coach Zinedine Zidane and President Florentino Perez have both given the go-ahead for the pair to be sold this summer, but it will come at a significant cost for any interested parties.

According to Sport, both Manchester City and Chelsea continue to hold an interest in James Rodriguez, but Paris Saint-Germain remain the favourites with Unai Emery holding an important role for the Colombian after agreeing a move to the French capital himself.

However, the report adds that it will take a bid of £63m to prise him away from the Bernabeu, and while that may deter some clubs, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is understood to have made an enquiry.

As for Morata, he will command a fee of £62m according to Sport, and is highly likely to move on this summer having previously insisted that he wants an important role at his next club.

Having proven his class in a loan spell with Juventus, the Spanish international saw Real exercise the buy-back clause in his contract to take him back to the Spanish capital.

However, with the likes of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale occupying the attacking positions under Zidane, he may not be too fond of the idea of acting as back-up to the trio.

In turn, that opens up the possibility of a move elsewhere this summer, although Sport add that while Premier League clubs have made contact, none as of yet have made a concrete offer for either of the two Real stars.

Whether Chelsea’s expected signing of Michy Batshuayi changes their strategy remains to be seen, while Arsenal are also likely to be monitoring Morata’s situation with a striker said to be high on Arsene Wenger’s list of priorities this summer.

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