AS and the Daily Mail, for instance, are claiming that Los Blancos have "reached a verbal agreement" with the Golden Boot winner and all that remains is for Real to meet Monaco's asking price, which is thought to be around €80 million.
However, there are still a few moving pieces complicating the completion of this transfer, including, most prominently, the future of Angel Di Maria. It is widely believed that Real will sell Di Maria to offset the cost of landing Rodriguez, with PSG thought to be his most likely destination. The freespending, fantasy footballing Parisian outfit are said to be considering a mammoth €60 million bid for the Argentinian flash. Were PSG's bid to materialize, the James transaction could be finalized sooner rather than later.
The Mail is also reporting that Real are close to a deal with Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas.