Maurizio Sarri sends clear warning to Hazard, Higuain as Real Madrid tell Chelsea £51m price for James Rodriguez

Real Madrid have stuck a £51 million asking price on Chelsea transfer target James Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is currently coming towards the end of his two-year loan spell with Bayern and there were some suggestions that they had no intention of offering him a permanent move to the Bundesliga, as he had not impressed as many had hoped.

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Reports have claimed Maurizio Sarri was looking to step in and offer the Colombian a move to the premier League, as he needs an immediate replacement for the departing Eden Hazard, who is supposedly on his way to Real Madrid in the summer

And reports have suggested Madrid are set to significantly hike up his price in order to raise funds for their own summer spree, with a fee of £51 million the desired asking price, according to El Confidencial.

However, Bayern are keen to keep hold of James and recently stated that he will be at the club next season.

“The option that we have, we have to exercise by June 15th,” Rummenigge told Abendzeitung.

“So we still have plenty of time. But I have to make it quite clear that everyone here is happy with him. I firmly believe that James will also play for FC Bayern next season.”

Meanwhile,  Sarri has told both Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuaín he wants to see more movement from his attackers.

Sarri has been heavily criticised for some of his tactical decisions over the course of this season, but a run of four wins in his last five outings means the speculation surrounding his future has faded, as he wants time to build a Championship winning side.

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But the Italian has called on his attacking players to improve their performances as he head towards the back end of the season, with both Hazard Higuain scoring just once in their last six appearances.

‘Sometimes we’ve played with very good quality in the offensive phase, and sometimes not,’ said Sarri on the Metro website:

‘We started to defend in a very good way in the last month, I think. Now we need to start in the offensive phase to play every match with the same ideas.

‘At the moment, we are not able to do this because, sometimes, we are without movement without the ball ‘Sometimes we didn’t put the ball into the box very well, or attack the spaces behind the opponents’ back-line very well.

‘We need to have consistency on this.’

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