There is amid speculation now that PSG are in advanced talks to make their marquee signing this signing James Rodriguez for a fee believed to be around 50m Euro.
This would have be considered a great move for the French giants and great business already shown by the new manager Unai Emery, adding the Colombian international along with last season’s surprise star Hatem Ben Arfa and Polish star Grzegorz Krychowiak.
If Rodriguez does complete the move to the French capital surely the top Premier League clubs will be kicking themselves. All of the ‘top’ clubs have been linked with summer moves for the supremely talented frontman with Manchester United believed to have real interest in attracting him to Old Trafford. Seemingly this seems to be way for the top sides in English game in recent seasons, despite signing players for hefty transfer fees, losing out on the real world class superstars seems to be a trait developing in the game.
The future of James Rodriguez has really been circulating since January after Real Madrid leaving the Colombian star on the outskirts of the first team, with Lucas Vasquez, Isco and Jese seemingly ahead of him. Looking in at the situation at the club though Rodriguez is a player that even from his days at FC Porto it was evident that he would be amongst the elite players in the world. His player of the tournament deserving performances at the World Cup in 2014 sealed the move from AS Monaco to Real Madrid, but with the nature of the club and their influence from star man Cristiano Ronaldo, Rodriguez never really stood a chance at the Spanish giants.
The question has to be asked though, how can teams like Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea let such a talented player out of their grasps when realistically the money being spent by PSG is somewhat of a bargain in today’s market.
Imagine adding Rodriguez to a front line with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, this would have to be considered among the best attacks across Europe. Instead Pep Guardiola signs Nolito, who is a good player and perhaps suits the style of the way Guardiola wants to play but surely Rodriguez would fit into that system as well.
At the age of 24 as well Rodriguez is still to hit his prime years so what an investment PSG are making here provided the move is completed, they are definitely making that move to the Europe’s elite clubs stronger with the transfer business already this summer despite the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
With Jose Mourinho now at Manchester United we expect big things from the club in the upcoming season, and we expect big news out of Old Trafford for the majority of the summer, they could have really made a statement by acquiring a player of the standard of James Rodriguez. Adding his flair and imagination is exactly what the club needs, despite adding the iconic Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford the club need to add quality and they have missed out big time if the deal for Rodriguez is concluded. Yes they are in the process of confirming the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan who is a top player but they need a real creative force centrally at Man United and Rodriguez ticks all the boxes.
Arsenal had no real link to the signature of James Rodriguez but this might be a move that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal could have really pursued. How good would that frontline look with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and James Rodriguez?
A world class striker looks to finally be a priority for Wenger and Arsenal but they may have missed a trick here. With Antonio Conte taking the reins at Chelsea he also had an opportunity to really make a statement and try and really lure Rodriguez to Stamford Bridge.
With no European football next season though perhaps getting the former Porto ace would have been a big ask for the club. It has to be said that not just the English clubs will be perhaps look at this move and have regrets, the future of Paul Pogba at Juventus seems to really be a distraction for the Italian giants, who themselves could have made a massive statement for the club and also the Italian league by trying to lure Rodriguez to the club.
Ancelotti and Bayern Munich might have also been a great fit for The Colombian superstar, but their seemingly seems no interest from the German Champions.
PSG look to really be doing the business at this early stage this summer provided they secure the signature of James Rodriguez and with the appointment of Unai Emery they must certainly be amongst the favourites to win the trophy they most want to get their hands on the European Champions League. The big clubs in England might yet again have to look on after letting another massive name get away from their grips.