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Real Madrid’s ability to offload James Rodriguez this summer will reportedly impact any deal they make for AS Monaco star Kylian Mbappe.
According to SER Deportivos (h/t AS, via Metro‘s Mark Brus), if Real are unable to sell the Colombian, they will loan Mbappe back to Monaco for a year in order to ensure he continues to receive plenty of game time.
Should Rodriguez stay put and Mbappe be brought in, fitting them both in along with Real’s other attacking stars could give manager Zinedine Zidane something of a headache.
Rodriguez is already restricted to a back-up role at the Santiago Bernabeu, and his failure to even make the squad for the UEFA Champions League final looks to have sealed his fate, per ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan:
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James Rodriguez not even on the bench for Madrid in Champions League final tonight, so guess has already played last game for the club…
SB Nation’s Lucas Navarrete has not been impressed with the playmaker over the last two seasons:
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James’ career with Real Madrid has been nothing short of a huge disappointment after his brilliant debut season.
However, despite his lack of game time, the 25-year-old has been a strong performer in his limited opportunities.
Indeed, in 1,824 minutes of play in all competitions last season, he still managed to notch 11 goals and 13 assists, meaning he contributed one or the other every 76 minutes on average.
What could hinder his chances of finding a buyer is that Real would likely want to recoup most, if not all of the reported £63 million they paid for him in 2014, not to mention his wage demands.
Rodriguez may not be a natural fit in Real’s system, but he would walk into virtually any other team in Europe—the question now is whether any of them are willing to stump up the cash to buy him or if Los Blancos are prepared to let him leave relatively cheaply.
Meanwhile, according to Cadena SER (h/t AS), Juventus are looking to replace Dani Alves and have begun negotiations with Real for Danilo.
The Bianconeri made inquiries into his availability and were told he is “at the right price.” According to El Larguero (h/t AS), that valuation is €30 million, just shy of the €31.5 million Real paid for him two years ago.
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Juve’s ideal outcome would be to bring him in on a season-long loan with the option to buy him permanently next year if he impresses, as there remains a question mark over whether he’s of the required quality.
Danilo has been a back-up to Dani Carvajal under Zidane, and two own goals in January looked to have ended his Bernabeu career for good.
Goal’s Ben Hayward provided a damning statistic at the time:
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Reminder that Danilo played every minute of every Real Madrid defeat last season…
However, he enjoyed a strong end to the season and posted some impressive numbers despite making just 17 appearances in La Liga.
According to Squawka, he created 18 chances and won 36 tackles and 28 headed duels, as well as making 37 interceptions and 42 clearances.
While Danilo may not be an inspiring choice, Juventus have a good track record of getting the best out of discarded stars from other sides, and a loan spell would allow them to evaluate his usefulness before committing.
However, Real may not be willing to part with him temporarily as they attempt to fund the capture of Mbappe, so the two clubs could reach an impasse.