Atletico closing in on Real outcast

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Atletico Madrid are reportedly confident of finalising a deal with Real Madrid for Colombia international James Rodriguez.

Atletico Madrid are reportedly confident of finalising a deal with Real Madrid for Colombia international James Rodriguez.

Following a two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich, Rodriguez is back in the Spanish capital and looking for another move.

The 28-year-old lost his place at the Bernabeu during Zinedine Zidane’s first stint at the helm and he isn’t being considered by the Frenchman ahead of 2019-20.

Napoli were understood to be keen but they have backed off after being priced out of a deal and Atletico are primed to swoop in.

After selling Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona, Los Colchoneros are flush with cash and appear ready to use some of those funds to finance a deal for the Colombian.

Reports in Spain claim Atleti want to bring James in on a permanent deal but would also be willing to take him on loan.

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