Until now, James Rodríguez’s future remains tied to Qatari football. However, several rumors in recent weeks would put him back in Europe. Most are rumors, but between one and the other, according to some sectors of the European press, there could be some truth. Everything could indicate that the Colombian would play his last matches with Al-Rayyan. His agent, Jorge Mendes, is already preparing to receive offers.
According to some Turkish media, two teams from this country would be interested in securing the services of the 10 of the Colombian team. These are the two greatest in this football: Galatasaray and Fenerbahce. Apparently, the managers of both teams have already met with the player’s agent to find out the real terms and transfer possibilities. However, Al-Rayyan did not comment on the matter.
At 31, James is said to be one of the most valuable footballers in the Turkish league. His pass would cost between 16.00 and 20.00 million euros. He arrived in the Qatar squad in September 2021, having left Everton in England. He has been present in 12 of the 20 games his team has played so far and has 4 goals and 7 assists, in addition to 4 yellow cards. The Cucuta man has already said he would like to leave football in this country and is ready to assess any offer. According to the Transfermarkt portal, he is among the 20 most valuable players in his team and among the 50 best in his position. He is the most valuable in his team and in the Qatar league.
Galatasaray, a club that has had Colombian players like Faryd Mondragón in the past and recently Falcao García, are said to be willing to offer around €17.00m for James. For its part, Fenerbahçe, which has had no coffee footballers in its ranks, would not pay more than 15.00 million euros. Officially, the figures and details of the conversations between the managers and Jorge Mendes are not known yet. Everything seems to be in the realm of speculation.
The truth is, the Colombian wants to return to Europe and has already been linked with several teams. At the time we were talking about AC Milan and even Juventus Turin. Recently, Atlético de Madrid has sounded like a candidate. The player misses City and he wouldn’t look bad to return to Spanish football, even if it means giving up the salary he currently earns. Diego Simeone is said to have spoken about it and believes there is still some football in the player to exploit. According to him, he would not have reached his best version yet.
If his transfer to Turkish football goes through, he would be another of the best Colombians to play in this league. Some of the names that have passed through this country are:
The Cali man is one of the best-known Colombian players in Turkey, he was Galatasaray’s goalkeeper for six years, playing 185 games. He won two league titles and a cup.
The right-back joined Galatasaray in 2001 from Deportivo Cali. He played 22 games and was crowned League champion the same year.
The remembered Boca Juniors goalkeeper arrived at Besiktas in 2002, a team he played for for four years. He played 99 games.
In 2002, he played for Galatasaray, but quickly broke up and ended up joining River Plate in Argentina.
John Paul Pin
The talented player who shone in Colombian youth teams and played for French Monaco, came to Turkey in 2010 to join Galatasaray. He played 19 games and scored three goals.
The former Millonarios and Santa Fe goalkeeper arrived in the Turkish league in 2011 to join Galatasaray. He played around 20 games and was then relegated to the bench.
The current Fortaleza defender played for Besiktas in two spells (2013 and 2016), played 39 games and scored one goal.