Star of Al Rayyan SC

    A move to Galatasaray Istanbul is said to have burst last week shortly before the end of the transfer window in Turkey, but James Rodríguez (31) is now about to return to Europe: information from the transfer expert Fabrizio Romano The former Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich midfielder is said to be on his way to Greece for a medical at Olympiacos Piraeus.

    Accordingly, the Colombian, whose contract with Qatar club Al-Rayyan SC runs until 2024, could sign a loan agreement later in the day. A verbal agreement has already been reached. Whether the Greeks, who recently attracted attention with the signing of Marcelo (34), without a club, will take over part or even all of James’ annual salary, which is estimated at 6 million euros, is an open question. An agreement with Galatasaray is said to have failed on the latter because the player did not want to accept a loss in wages. The Stars League club could reportedly be considering a 50-50 deal as the transfer window closes in Greece on September 15.

    James ranked 14th: Players with the highest transfer earnings

    20 Nicolas Anelka – Transfers: 8 – Transfer proceeds: €123.9m

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    As of September 5, 2022

    19 Darwin Núñez – Transfers: 3 – Transfer proceeds: €124.3m

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    18 Luis Suárez – Transfers: 5 – Transfer proceeds: €125.5m

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    16 Paulinho – Transfers: 7 – Transfer proceeds: €126.9m

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    16 Hernán Crespo – Transfers: 4 – Transfer proceeds: €126.9m

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    15 João Félix – Transfers: 1 – Transfer proceeds: €127.2m

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    14 James Rodríguez – Transfers: 6 – Transfer proceeds: €148.6m

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    13 Eden Hazard – Transfers: 2 – Transfer proceeds: €150.0m

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    12 Matthijs de Ligt – Transfers: 2 – Transfer proceeds: €152.5m

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    11 Gonzalo Higuaín – Transfers: 5 – Transfer proceeds: €159.0m

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    10 Antoine Griezmann – Transfers: 3 – Transfer proceeds: €160.0m

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    9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Transfers: 7 – Transfer proceeds: €169.1m

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    8 Ousmane Dembélé – Transfers: 2 – Transfer proceeds: €175.0m

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    7 Ángel Di María – Transfers: 4 – Transfer proceeds: €179.0m

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    6 Kylian Mbappé – Transfers: 1 – Transfer proceeds: €180.0m

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    5 Philippe Coutinho – Transfers: 5 – Transfer proceeds: €180.3m

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    4 Álvaro Morata – Transfers: 6 – Transfer proceeds: €189.0m

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    3 Cristiano Ronaldo – Transfers: 4 – Transfer proceeds: €245.0m

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    2 Neymar – Transfers: 2 – Transfer proceeds: €310.0m

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    1 Romelu Lukaku – Transfers: 7 – Transfer proceeds: €333.6m

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    James joined Qatar from Everton just under a year ago and has since contributed 12 goals in 15 appearances. The most valuable player in the league had already made it public in February that he “would like to go somewhere else”. “I would like to return to Europe, why not. I have what it takes, I’m getting into a rhythm and I’ll wait and see what happens. Another good option is to go to the USA. I like that a lot, but there’s still time for that,” said the ex-Munich native. If the return goes ahead this time, James could feature on Matchday 5 of Europa League Group G on October 27 in Freiburg.

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