James, Pastore on Inter Miami radar

BUENOS AIRES (XINHUA) – Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez and Argentinian midfielder Javier Pastore could join David Beckham’s Inter Miami when football returns from its coronavirus shutdown, according to media reports.

James still has more than a year left on his Real Madrid contract but has struggled for opportunities since returning to the Spanish capital last July after a two-year loan spell with Bayern Munich.

Pastore has also endured a difficult time at Roma since joining the Italian Serie A club from Paris Saint-Germain in July 2018. Injuries have limited the 30-year-old to just 29 appearances across all competitions.

According to Argentina’s Ole news service, Beckham is understood to see James and Pastore as ideal transfer targets because of their European experience and South American pedigree, which would resonate with Inter Milan’s Hispanic fan base.

Inter Miami lost the first two matches of their inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign before the season was suspended in March because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

File photo shows Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez competing with Valladolid’s players during a La Liga match. PHOTO: XINHUA