Napoli supremo Aurelio De Laurentiis has expressed his anger with Real Madrid as he questioned why they want 42 million euros for James Rodriguez now, when they were happy to loan him to Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid have left no stone unturned in clearing the fact that James Rodriguez's time at the club is over, a message that was crystal clear when they brought back French coach Zinedine Zidane to the Santiago Bernabeu.
James' two-year loan with the Bavarian giants ended at the end of last season and Real Madrid are unwilling to loan him out a second time and instead prefer to sell him for a decent price in order to bring down their huge spendings this summer.
#Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis complained “why can #FCBayern Munich take James Rodriguez on loan and we can’t? We could get Nicolas Pepe or someone else.” https://t.co/9RoUH4azs2 #RealMadrid #Atleti #Colombia #LOSC #LFC #AFC pic.twitter.com/3sao1k6V79— footballitalia (@footballitalia) July 16, 2019
And De Laurentiis doesn't seem to wrap his head around the issue. As reported by Marca, while speaking about the status of James' transfer to Naples, De Laurentiis said, "I don't understand why Bayern Munich had the player given to them and we're asked to pay 42 million."
He continued, "They [Bayern Munich] have three times our budget. If James could arrive on loan, nobody would say no because then we could sign another player."
Napoli were the only team in the running for James until Atletico Madrid were reported to have entered the race for the Colombian superstar.