ANTONIO CONTE is ready to go head to head with rival Jose Mourinho after launching a second bid to lure Real Madrid play maker James Rodriguez to Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte has been alerted to the news that Rodriquez the sixth most expensive player of all-time is now ready to quit the Spanish giants to play more regularly.

The Columbian international, 25, has struggled to hold down a regular place in Madrid’s starting line up this season despite injuries to key players.

Conte tried to sign Rodriguez a long time target for Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in the summer but has been alerted that he could now be available.