Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to raid his old club when he takes over at Bayern Munich next season to secure the signings of Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez, according to reports.
Sport claims the Italian is already making preparations for his squad at the Allianz Arena next season and wants the pair to be part of that having worked together at Real.
Reports have suggested Robert Lewandowski could leave Bayern in the wake of Pep Guardiola moving on to Manchester City. The Poland international is believed to be thinking about a change of scene having been a huge success in Germany for the past six years. Ironically, he is most heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital, meaning Benzema would be his replacement at Bayern should Ancelotti get his way.
The former boss, who guided Madrid to La Decima in 2014, also coached Rodriguez at Real for a year and formed a close bond with him. Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is understood to be losing patience with the Colombian and could be prepared to let him go. Sport says the president is not happy with Rodriguez’ love of the Madrid nightlife, his lack of control over his diet and a recent speeding incident that made the headlines.
With Real looking to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea in the summer, it could mean the Colombian will be allowed to move on.