A big transfer rumor came down a few days ago, with the Spanish-language press claiming the LA Galaxy are pursuing Real Madrid star James Rodriguez.
The initial report came out of Don Balón, the site initially claiming that the Galaxy could swoop for the Colombian if they opt not to pick up Cristian Pavon’s hefty purchase option on his loan, and...if they spend €30 million to buy Rodriguez from Real Madrid, with Real Madrid paying his salary.
That in itself should be a tipoff that this is not happening, at least at that price point. Pavon’s reported purchase option is said to be in the eight figures, but nowhere near the €30 million mark cited for Rodriguez. And while James is a much bigger marquee name than Pavon at this point, the biggest transfer fee paid in MLS history was $17 million by Atlanta United for Pity Martinez. I really don’t think Rodriguez is big enough that he warrants doubling the league’s transfer record.