James has had a difficult season with Real Madrid, one which saw him lose his place in the first team squad after falling out of favour with the deposed Rafa Benitez and current manager Zinedine Zidane.
The 24-year-old has been a subject of interest for Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United, amidst rumours that the player is unsettled, due to lack of game time at Madrid. Chelsea were also reported to be interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge in January.
According to El Confidential, Real Madrid are willing to part with James if any team meets their valuation of £53 million. The report also states that James is likely to favour a move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain and be a part of Unai Emery’s squad. The Colombian captain, who recently led his country to a tthird-placefinish at the Copa America Centenario is also courting interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Colombian had moved to Real Madrid, after a stellar performance at the World Cup in 2014, for a fee of around £65 million. James enjoyed a successful debut season under Carlo Ancelloti, when he had scored 17 goals in 46 appearances and won the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. But Real’s inability to win any major trophy saw Carlo Ancelloti get sacked and Rafa Benitez took over in the following season.
But Real’s inability to win any major trophy lead to Carlo Ancelotti’s departure. Ancelotti was replaced by Rafa Benitez, who took over in the following season.
The former Liverpool and Valencia manager didn’t seem to have any place for James in his Real Madrid squad and appearances came few and far between for the 24-year-old. Things were expected to change after Zinedine Zidane took over at the helm, but James still found himself behind Modric, Kroos, Casemiro and Isco in the pecking order.
Although he ended the season with a historic 11th Champions League victory, a player of James’ calibre wouldn’t be too pleased about being a bit-part player at the age of 24, when his best years are ahead of him.