Confirmed: Chelsea ‘close’ to announcing first summer deal, after beating Bayern & Man Utd to the £40m-rated attacker

Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United will reportedly lock horns in the race to sign Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez this summer transfer window, with the Spanish club willing to listen to offers this summer.

The Columbia international has been with Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich on loan from Spanish capital since the summer of 2017 and he is due for a return to the capital on June 15.

Report has it that the Los Blancos managaer Zinedine Zidane has not believe in the skills of the Coumbian attacker and will be willing to let him depart from the club for a cut price said to be £36 million.

Report coming from Spanish outlet Marca claims that Bundesliga giants Bayern will be handed a refusal to sign till he returns to Santiago Bernabeu, giving Chelsea and Manchester United a chance in the race to sign him this summer.

Should the English club be willing to surpass the Madrid’s asking price on the Columbian, the winner will be decided by attacker, who would want a Champions League football next season, giving Chelsea an upper hand in a potential deal having secured a spot in the European competition.

Having finished third in the Premier League this season, the Blues have also reached the Europa League final where they will be facing off rivals Arsenal in Baku May 29 as their last match of the season.

The West London club have already gave up hopes on keeping their star Eden Hazard, who is on his way to Santiago Bernabeu this summer, and bringing in James Rodriguez should be filling up the void the Belgian will leave in the Maurizio Sarri’s team.

Chelsea will also be expecting the arrival of American Christian Pulisic, who agreed on a move back in January, from Borussia Dortmund this summer.

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