Chelsea have reportedly been one of the teams in contact with want-away Real Madrid star James Rodriguez this summer, though Bayern Munich could be leading the chase for his signature.
Chelsea, however, have been in touch with Rodriguez again after failing to do a deal for him in the January transfer window, with Antonio Conte clearly a fan of the 25-year-old.
Although Conte already has Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian to choose from in attacking midfield, Marca claim the Italian is keen to add Rodriguez to his list of options for next season.
Still, it looks as though Bayern Munich may be leading the charge at the moment, with former Real manager Carlo Ancelotti keen to work with the player again after seeming to get the best out of him during his time in Madrid.
Rodriguez has since struggled to perform at his best for Real, and made little effort to hide his poor relationship with current manager Zinedine Zidane last season.
Despite the player’s strong desire to leave, Real are reportedly determined to hold out for as much as £66million for the former Monaco man, who joined for a similar fee after a sensational World Cup campaign with Colombia in 2014.
Chelsea most expensive signings
£50m – Fernando Torres (2011)
£34m – David Luiz (2016)
£33m – Michy Batshuayi (2016)
£32m – N’Golo Kante (2016)
£32m – Diego Costa (2014)
£32m – Eden Hazard (2012)
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It has previously been suggested that Rodriguez would prefer to move to the Premier League over anywhere else, with the likes of AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain previously listed as potential suitors as well.
If Chelsea do pay £66m for the South American, it would smash their current transfer record of £50m, spent on Fernando Torres back in 2011.