According to Corriere Dello Sport, an Italian sports newspaper, Juventus want James Rodríguez on loan in the upcoming winter transfer window. He hasn’t been playing much this season for Real Madrid.
The newspaper points out that the Colombian is a priority for La Vecchia Signora along with PSG midfielder Marco Verratti. They are looking to reinforce the hole left behind by Paul Pogba.
James has played less than 500 minutes of football this season, well below Kovačić’s 882, and slightly behind Asensio’s 643 and Isco’s 569 total minutes played.
He has scored one goal and provided six assists. These are strong numbers compared to those who play more than him, with the exception of Marco Asensio’s six goals and Isco’s two assists.
Coach Zinedine Zidane may be forced to use the #10 more often, now that Toni Kroos is out until 2017. Still, this doesn’t seem like will be enough for a player who wants consistency.
This is what Juventus wants to provide for the midfielder, despite reportedly agreeing to sign Axel Witsel. James would be a strong reinforcement for the Italian champions.
We still have a good number of matches before the winter transfer window opens, and things could change at any point. Come January 31st, we’ll certainly have a conclusion.