James Rodríguez's future lies away from the Santiago Bernabeu. According to Italian newspaper 'La Repubblica', Napoli will sign the Colombian international on loan in a deal which has been agreed by the two clubs' presidents. It won't be announced until after the 15th August.
The 'pact' revolves around there being no offers to buy James arriving before that date. Real Madrid would prefer to raise cash to fund other deals but, if none arrive, he'll be loan to Napoli. Atletico Madrid are the most interested inside as both Cerezo and Simeone have admitted they would love to add the midfielder to their new-look side.
The move to Italy makes the most sense and appears the most logical right now. Atletico seem to have finished planning their squad whereas Napoli, alongside Carlo Ancelotti, insist James would play a key role next season. However any deal won't happen in time for him to line up against FC Barcelona on their US tour.
If the deal happens, it would be the second team which has loaned James from Real Madrid in recent times. He's previously spent two years on loan with Bayern Munich who opted not to make his move a permanent one.