James Rodriguez wants to move to Napoli but the club are yet to agree a transfer fee with Real Madrid, according to the Serie A side’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The Colombia international worked with Carlo Ancelotti during his time with Los Blancos and Bayern Munich, and De Laurentiis has confirmed the Italian is keen to bring his former player to Naples.
James is looking for a move away from Santiago Bernabeu after his two-year loan spell at the Allianz Arena ended with Bayern opting not to trigger a clause to sign him permanently for €42 million (£37m/$47m).
A move to Napoli has been widely tipped, although the playmaker admitted last month that Real Madrid will have a significant influence on where he ends up next season.
And De Laurentiis says Napoli are waiting to come to terms with the Liga club.
“James is the footballer who, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, is considered one of the best,” De Laurentiis told Corriere dello Sport.
“Ancelotti likes him very much, and James wants a move to Napoli, but we are waiting for a more reasonable demand from Real. They have high demands in our opinion.”