Could Chelsea’s transfer ban bring James Rodriguez back to Real Madrid?
Posted By: Dj Devoskid
on February 22, 2019
Friday morning saw FIFA officially reveal Chelsea have been given a two-window long transfer ban as a result of malpractice with regards to signing minors, and those in the Spanish capital are asking, could this news bring James Rodriguez back to Real Madrid?
The Colombian playmaker felt he could no longer work with Zinedine Zidane after being left out of the matchday squad entirely for the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff, and a two- year loan deal with Bayern Munich was agreed. Since that move the former Porto star has found his best form in Bavaria and has regularly been linked with a premature return to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Those in power at Valdebebas have been cagey whenever they’ve been approached on the subject, with many suspecting that the temptation to sign Eden Hazard at a cut-price in 2019 would simply be too great.
Chelsea are understood to have been informed by the Belgian that he plans to refuse any offers of a new contract in the hope of securing the move he has long craved.
Los Merengues are incredibly interested in the former Lille prodigy, but have little appetite to engage in the sort of wanton bidding that has seen Paris Saint-Germain boast a forward line which includes both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Prior to Friday’s announcement there was a feeling that a cheaper deal could be completed to sign Hazard with his current contract set to expire in June of 2020, although that now remains unclear. Chelsea, in theory, will not be permitted to sign new players in either the summer of 2019 or January of 2020 under the terms of their mandated punishment, although this is a situation Real Madrid know well.
A timely appeal, which the Blues have already indicated they will file, will see the punishment postponed for one window, meaning the English club will be able to recruit new players this summer as Barcelona and both Madrid clubs did in recent times.
Yet, if for some reason Chelsea are unable to be given this brief reprieve, then Real Madrid will be forced to put their priority signing on the backburner, opening up the opportunity for Rodriguez to return.
Bayern Munich have the option to make his deal permanent, but the final decision will be down to the player, and he’s made no secret of the fact he has a great affection for Los Blancos, with it incredibly unlikely he would reject the chance to return and play regularly
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