According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter has an €85 million bid for Real Madrid star James Rodríguez accepted by the Spanish club over the summer, but the Colombian was not interested in moving from La Liga to Serie A.
According to the newspaper, who has been in China this week meeting with representatives of Suning, despite spending big in the summer transfer market to bring in João Mário (40 million euros), Antonio Candreva (22M), Éver Banega and Gabriel Barbosa ‘Gabigol’ (27.5M), Inter president Zhan Jindong still wanted to make a statement signing. A world class player, whose arrival would let everyone know that Suning were serious about returning Inter to a European powerhouse. That signing was to be James Rodríguez.
Several meetings were held, the paper reports, and on the final day of the transfer window Real Madrid accepted Inter’s offer for James which at €85 million, gave the Spanish side a €5m profit on the €80m they spent to sign the player from Monaco in 2014.
But the deal fell apart when James refused to join Inter, instead insisting that he would convince Zidane that he would still be a star at the Bernabéu.
Three months into the new season and James has failed in that objective. Zidane had decided that Marco Asensio would be his first choice for a position which three players were battling to occupy – Asensio, James and Isco, which is why both James and Isco continue to be linked with a move away from Real Madrid.
But what does this mean for Inter fans? It means that not only as Suning determined to bring back the trophy winning days to Inter, but they have the deep pockets necessary to go out and buy one of the biggest names in the game.
Those are good things. At 25-years-old James Rodríguez was a good choice to go after. He is a huge name who has not yet reached his prime. That is encouraging in that pre-Suning all we had heard was that Inter were interested in the likes of Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta, two players whose best days are certainly behind them.