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Daily Schmankerl: Real Madrid will have options for Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez; Jerome Boateng has suitors; Antoine Greizmann and FC Barcelona in hot water?; and MORE!

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James will be dealing with a lot of rumors in the coming weeks (Marca)

It is widely reported and assumed at this point that Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez will return to Real Madrid when his loan stint in Bavaria ends.

That is about the only thing that seems certain with the Colombia international at this point. According to Marca, Napoli wants to bring in James, but Los Blancos would prefer to sell him to a Premier League team.

Real Madrid hope to bring in 300 million euros from sales this summer and one of the players who looks set to depart the Santiago Bernabeu for a sizable fee is James Rodriguez, following the end of his two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich.

The 27-year-old is one of Madrid’s players with a high sell-on value - around 70m euros - but there are a few problems emerging between where James wants to go and where the club are pushing him towards. Los Blancos are aware that the largest fee is likely to come from the Premier League, for instance, but James is unwilling to go to England.

At present, there are continuous rumors linking James with a move to Serie A and, in particular, Napoli.

Napoli, however, is not the only Serie A side that wants James. Juventus seems ready to dive in with an offer — if Paulo Dybala leaves Turin.

One potential issue for Napoli is that they may have to fight Juventus for his signature. The Bianconeri view James as the perfect replacement for Paulo Dybala, should he leave this summer.

Boateng won’t lack suitors if he wants to leave Bayern (Sempre Inter)

Citing a report from Sport 1, Sempre Inter listed out several clubs who are interesting in acquiring Bayern’s Jerome Boateng including Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, and Juventus.

Inter are interested in signing FC Bayern Munich’s German international central defender Jerome Boateng according to German media outlet Sport1. According to the report, Boateng and Bayern Munich are destined to part ways this summer with Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund said to be very keen on the player.

However, Boateng’s yearly salary of €12 million net could provide an obstacle for Borussia Dortmund. Furthermore, according to the report, Serie A rivals Juventus and Inter are also interested in signing the former Manchester City player and both clubs have already contacted the player’s entourage to see if there is an interest to join either of them in Italy.

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Greizmann in hot water over early negotiations (Sport Bild)

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann announced that he is leavign the club and it has been widely reported that the 28-year-old is headed to FC Barcelona. There is, however, an issue with exactly when the negotiations for that to happen officially started.

Since Antoine Griezmann announced his end at Atlético Madrid, there has been speculation about the future of the Frenchman. Now, however, the Spanish radio station “Cadena SER” reports that the change of the world champion has long since been decided.

The 28-year-old had already signed with FC Barcelona in March. Corresponding documents should have been sighted by the editors. But that’s not all: according to the journalist Manu Carreno, Griezmann is said to have started negotiating with the Catalans as early as November 2018. A negotiation that, according to the FIFA transfer rule, is forbidden because the French international was under contract for a long time.

Atlético is said to be very unhappy about these negotiations and, like last year, could lodge a complaint with FIFA. This is because negotiations with players without the approval of their club are prohibited by the World Football Association, unless they are in the last six months of their contractual relationship.

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