Although Brexit could have a disastrous effect on the British economy, there could be some good news to arise from Britain’s decision to leave the EU for Man United fans, as seen in Metro.
La Liga rules stipulate that clubs must not have more than three non-EU players in a team, and unfortunately for Real Madrid supporters, the hierarchy at the Santiago Bernabeu have already named Danilo, James Rodriguez and defensive midfielder Casemiro in this list.
Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane, therefore, may be forced to part with the world’s most expensive player in Gareth Bale should he decide to be unwilling to part with the other three individuals in his side, as Britain could soon become unaffiliated with the EU.
However, considering Bale’s impressive performances for the Spanish giants over the last two seasons, especially in spite of the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo at times, Zidane may refuse to sell the Welshman back to the Premier League, which leaves him with a tough decision.
The club only purchased Danilo last year at the cost of €31.5m, but following injury he lost his place in the team to Dani Carvajal, who is a better-rounded player than his Brazilian team-mate.
The importance of having cover for full-backs is known to Zidane though, and he will not consider losing an important player in Casemiro, so James Rodriguez could very well exit Madrid after a truly disappointing season.
James’s combination of constant injuries and loss of form has led to many Madridstas calling for the Colombian’s departure, and we have a feeling Jose Mourinho would be more than happy to welcome the 2014 World Cup star to Old Trafford with open arms.
There has been constant speculation in the media surrounding the Red Devils interest in Rodriguez and Brexit could play an instrumental role in pushing the attacker into a move to England.
It would probably be the wisest course of action for Zidane to allow Rodriguez to leave seeing as the move would allow Gareth Bale to be registered as a non-EU player if the time comes, but the Frenchman will have a difficult task convincing Florentino Perez.
The president of Real Madrid is known to be very affectionate of Rodriguez, and it would not be the first time Perez could overrule the manager after Carlo Ancelotti said recently that the signing of Martin Odegaard in 2015 was a PR stunt by Perez.
With a move for Gareth Bale unlikely even with La Liga’s EU rules, it seems that James Rodriguez will be Manchester United’s number 1 summer target.
Of course, with the falling value of the pound the transfer would be a British transfer record.
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