The rumours regarding James Rodriguez’ move from Real Madrid to Chelsea have made a pretty big noise this week, especially in England and Colombia.

The player was even said to be trying to get a work permit in the English ambassy of his home country, which only helped the story to grow.

WhatsApp Image 2016-12-23 at 10.57.21But some words written in Friday’s editions of AS and Marca could slow things down. They’re not very confident after Chelsea’s approach for the player.

AS claims that Chelsea have contacted Rodriguez’ entourage as they intend to buy him during the January market, but this would be a very unlikely possibility now.

WhatsApp Image 2016-12-23 at 11.16.01Sport has a more detailed story, talking about Jorge Mendes’ relationship with Roman Abramovich. An agreement between the two wouldn’t be very hard to find, but the problem is Florentino Perez. He doesn’t want to sell the midfielder for less than €70m.

Mendes reportedly hasn’t had his last word yet, and that’s what could make the transfer more possible. The agent must work for it to happen, especially because if FIFA really allows Real Madrid to make signings next summer, they can plan to buy a replacement in time.

Rodriguez has been frequently teasing with a move out of Real Madrid, which hasn’t been taken very well by Florentino Perez. It can only make the situation more complicated, and that’s probably why Mendes is trying to intermediate the issue without creating too many conflicts.