The future of Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks, with Madrid expected to sanction his departure at the end of the season.
A host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal, have been credited with an interest in the playmaker.
However, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague now claims that Newcastle United could sign the Colombia International on loan in advance of the 2020-21 campaign.
According to Balague, Newcastle, which may soon be taken over by a Saudi group, is the most likely possible suitor for the 28-year-old.
“There are other players like (Edinson) Cavani, finishing contract, James (Rodriguez), who Real Madrid want to get rid of, that they may be able to convince,” said Balague on his YouTube channel. After all, Rodriguez only scored once in 13 games for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season and will see his current deal at Bernabeu next summer.
“They will have to be clever about how they use that money,” he went on. “They could get James on loan, Real Madrid would be happy to do so if they paid most of his wages. Cavani, if you get someone like that then you’re talking serious business. Not massive financially for the reasons I’ve told you, Financial Fair Play.”