Real Madrid have reportedly raised their asking price for James Rodriguez, in a potential blow to Napoli.
However, Corriere del Mezzogiorno claims Madrid now want to sell the Colombian outright for €55m, as opposed to loaning him out again.
That would have prompted Partenopei chief Aurelio De Laurentiis to stop talks for now.
On the other hand, De Laurentiis is hoping the 27-year-old’s desire to move to the San Paolo will force Los Blancos into bringing down the price.
James recently returned from a two-year loan at Bayern Munich and has no future in the Spanish capital.