Atletico need James

Atletico need James

Atletico Madrid is trying to lure Colombian midfielder of Real Madrid  James Rodriguez.

Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez dropped out of the team’s main roster during Zinedine Zidane’s management at the club during the first arrival of the Frenchman. Then the player was sent for two seasons on loan to Bayern Munich, but as a result of two years spent at Allianz Arena, the Germans did not need him. Therefore, in the summer of 2019, the player returned to the camp of Real Madrid.

Upon his return, the player was again led by Zinedine Zidane in the coach's second arrival to Santiago Bernabeu. By his style of play, James is not suitable for the manager, so it is logical that in the future the Colombian will have to look for a new place to play and at the moment everything says that the midfielder will move to the camp of Los Blancos competitors in the city Atletico Madrid.

According to As, who named journalist Javier Hernandez Bonnet as the source of information, Atlético are in an advanced stage of negotiations with the midfielder. At the same time, the source claims that the transfer will take place with a probability of 80%, since in the summer of 2021 the Colombian will become a free agent and will be able to leave for free. But the Mattressers are even willing to pay about 25 million euros for James to strengthen them before the start of the new season.

Such a transfer looks very logical. After Griezmann left for Barcelona and Diego Costa's advanced age for football, the Indians need to refresh the attack. Joao Felix still has not adapted to the game of Atletico and does not understand what Diego Simeone requires of him. Therefore, of all the forwards on the edge, Alvaro Morata looks best.

James can also play on the position of a drawn forward paired with Morata, becoming a replacement for Griezmann, and even come in a couple to Saul adding creativity in the center of the field. Now Atletico are sorely lacking this, which is why the team is sluggishly playing in the attack this season. Simeone’s team did not stand out in terms of goals per match, but now sags noticeably in the attack. Therefore, James knows how to play in such a team, since his finest hour was in the Colombian national team at the 2014 World Cup, which played in a very similar way to Atlético. Another thing is that it is not known whether Simeone will teach Rodriguez to practice defense. At the very least, this is one of the last opportunities for the 28-year-old midfielder to remain at the top level in the European football.