Revealed: Champions League winner rejects £78m Chelsea move, wants to complete Man Utd switch

James Rodriguez

Real Madrid ace James Rodriguez is reported to snubbed the chance to join Chelsea in the winter transfer window. The Colombian international is currently content with his place at the Bernabeu.

James, 25, has had restricted playing time under Zinedine Zidane this season, and this has led to suggestions he could part ways with the club this month.

According to The Sun, Los Blancos had settled on a £78m sum with the Blues for the proposed transfer, only for James to reject a move to the Premier League leaders.

Fellow teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have held key discussions with the South American footballer in order to urge him to fight for his place with the European champions.

Near the end of December, agent Jorge Mendes confirmed that his client would not be leaving Real in January, and this seems a distinct possibility unless Manchester United step up their pursuit.

James is keen to work alongside Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, but Los Blancos’ valuation remains well above the £35m sum United are willing to offer in January.