As the winter transfer window approaches, one of the biggest names that could be on the move is Real Madrid's James Rodriguez. James joined the La Liga giants after starring at the 2014 World Cup, but playing time has been scarce. Now, the 25-year-old Colombian has admitted his time with Real Madrid could be coming to an end. Should Real Madrid let him walk -- and with their transfer ban reduced, it's a real possibility -- where could James wind up?
Here are some potential destinations.
The Blues are rolling through the Premier League at the moment, so is splashing the cash for James necessarily the best idea? The Colombian would expect to feature regularly in the starting XI. In Chelsea's current lineup, the only real opening for him would be along the right wing in the Blue's front three, displacing either Willian or Pedro. He's an upgrade, sure, but there would be massive expectations heaped on him.
Definitely a long shot, but one of the teams from China's burgeoning Chinese Super League could jump into the fray for James. Considering the money the likes of Shanghai SIPG, Jiangsu Suning and Shandong Luneng have at their disposal, it'd make sense to at least gauge interest from James. It wouldn't be a glory move for the Colombian, but the Chinese Super League would offer two things he's definitely interested in: cash and playing time.
The Italian side are looking to recapture the glory of years past, and adding a mega talent of James' level is a step in that direction. With Suning Holdings Group's ownership takeover in the books, Inter could have the capital to find such a move. "Suning will inject a steady stream of capital investment in Inter Milan, which will help attract more talented players," chairman Zhang Jindong said after the purchase. Could James be their first big buy?
Anytime a big-name player is remotely available, Manchester United are inevitably linked. Rumors circulated of United placing a bid for the Colombia last summer before they broke the transfer record for Paul Pogba. Whether he'd fit Jose Mourinho's style is certainly an issue, but United could use some more creativity. They might be coaxed to sell in order to afford James, but quasi-malcontent Anthony Martial could fetch some funds.
Paris St. Germain
PSG are in dire need of some fresh blood. The Parisian club entered 2016/17 with four consecutive Ligue 1 titles to defend, but find themselves in third place at Christmas. They can afford to add James to the mix and he'd play almost immediately. Unai Emery would surely welcome the Colombian to his side if both PSG and Real Madrid can get the deal done.