As a result, Antonio Conte's side have the advantage in the pursuit of Rodriguez, who is keen to pursue regular first-team football ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. The Blues want to bolster their attacking options, and view Rodriguez as a key addition.
However, Chelsea are not the only club who are interested in Rodriguez as Manchester United have also been keeping tabs on his situation over the last few months. James shares the same agent with Mourinho, which is Jorge Mendes, meaning that the details of personal terms shouldn't be a major worry.
It is believed that the Real Madrid president who is also a businessman and a politician does not like doing business with Manchester United, considering past hard negotiations.
It's added in the report that Zidane is pleased that Alvaro Morata's proposed move to United now looks unlikely given their signing of Romelu Lukaku, but he's in a rush to offload Rodriguez to fund other moves to strengthen his squad further.
United could be tempted to go in for Rodriguez instead, but it will be interesting to see whether they actually go at all for the 26-year-old. The Old Trafford hierarchy is understood not to be in favour of making any deals with Real over recent issues through the years.