The player wants to depart the club but Los Blancos have been demanding a hefty fee.
James Rodriguez wants to move to Napoli but the club are yet to agree on a transfer fee with Real Madrid, according to the Serie A side’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The Colombia international worked with Carlo Ancelotti during his time with Los Blancos and Bayern Munich, and De Laurentiis has confirmed the Italian is keen to bring his former player to Naples.
The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti, who wants him in Naples, but Los Blancos have set a high price. James is looking for a move away from Santiago Bernabeu after his two-year loan spell at the Allianz Arena ended with Bayern opting not to trigger a clause to sign him permanently for €42 million.
A move to Napoli has been widely tipped, although the playmaker admitted last month that Real Madrid will have a significant influence on where he ends up next season.
And De Laurentiis says Napoli are waiting to come to terms with the Liga club.
“James is the footballer who, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, is considered one of the best,” De Laurentiis told Corriere Dello Sport.
“Ancelotti likes him very much, and James wants a move to Napoli, but we are waiting for a more reasonable demand from Real. They have high demands in our opinion.”
So far this summer Real Madrid have sanctioned the departure of Luca Zidane, Theo Hernandez, Sergio Reguilon, Marcos Llorente, Mateo Kovacic, Martin Odegaard and Raul De Tomas, injecting €125 million into the club coffers.
Gareth Bale, Isco and James Rodrigez are expected to depart so Zidane could generate more than enough to land Pogba.
It’s true, Zidane wants to land Paul Pogba. However, the sale of Isco or James would further intensify Madrid’s approach towards Pogba. For the time being, Napoli might agree to the demands of Madrid and lure James from Madrid.