Barcelona have decided to put an added twist in the James Rodriguez transfer plot.
The Catalan giant has supposedly made a €90 million ($122 million) bid for the 23-yearl-old Colombian international, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
According to the report, Barcelona are simply trying to get a little payback for Real Madrid hijacking their transfer negotiations with Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos.
Madrid had allegedly interjected with a better deal after Barca made a former offer to Kroos, and now the highly-rated 24-year-old German international is preparing for formal negotiations to be a Galactico.
The report also adds that Barcelona plans to only bring the World Cup Golden Boot winner in the 2015/2016 season because they can’t splash all the cash at once, given that they have spent their money on Luis Suarez already, and they also prioritize bringing in a center back to replace the outgoing Carlos Puyol.
However, another Spanish newspaper, Marca, has reported that the A S Monaco and Real Madrid are already about to seal the deal, and just need to settle the transfer fee.
Apparently, Monaco president Dmitry Rybolovlev asked €115 million (156 million) for Rodriguez, who is worth as estimated €75 million ($10.2 million), but Real Madrid has managed to lower the price to €85 million (115.3 million).
If the Marca report is accurate, then James Rodriguez is on the cusp of making his dream move.