Atletico Madrid close to sensational James Rodriguez swoop

While James Rodriguez has been linked to Napoli, new reports have emerged linking the midfielder with a shock move to Real Madrid's rivals.

Atletico Madrid are reportedly close to wrapping up a deal for Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez.

It did look as if James would be on his way to Napoli, but the player has reigned in his interest in that move, as he is determined to push through a switch to Atletico.

According to Marca, Rodriguez, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, is attracted to the prospect of joining Atletico as he wants to remain in the Spanish capital.

Napoli are already exploring a loan option after being put off by Madrid's demands.

"We are all prepared to make sacrifices for James Rodriguez, but we ask Real Madrid to make them too", De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.

"We've not given up, but in order to break the ice we need Madrid to consider that rather than have an unhappy player sitting around, they should send him out to play".

"If he were to call me, I could answer the phone, but I've never spoken directly to Perez, as some impudently reported".

"It'd be a gift for him", De Laurentiis added.

"For him, this is a guarantee of being satisfied, central to our project and decisive on the field. We are waiting for the time to be right".