It’s a story that came from relative obscurity and could have “saga” written all over it, but Sky Sports have jumped aboard the “James Rodriguez to Manchester United” train.
Sky have reported on Tuesday morning that the Premier League side have been offered the chance to sign the Colombian playmaker – with a reported £50m fee being the amount the player believes it will take to sign him.
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Reports in Colombia last weekend had suggested that Man United had already verbally agreed a deal for the player, and while Sky Sports don’t go as far as to fully corroborate that version of events, this is the most substantial suggestion yet that James will be at the club next year.
Rodriguez signed for Real in an €80m deal from Monaco after a star showing at the 2014 World Cup, but it has been a mixed bag for the 25-year-old at the Bernabeu. He has seriously struggled to win a starting spot under Zinedine Zidane, and having been an unused substitute in last season’s Champions League final, James has started just 13 league games in this campaign.
Despite his struggle to force his way into Zidane’s plans, he has still been in fine form lately, and five goals in his last five games has helped Real to insist on a large fee to take him off of their hands, as close to recouping their original investment as they possibly can.
The report also maintains that Man United are still interested in signing Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann should he become available, but in reality, it is hard to see Jose Mourinho signing both – particularly as they would probably occupy two very similar areas of the pitch (not to mention the astronomical fees involved).
In any event, it seems almost certain that, wherever he ends up, James will be leaving Real Madrid in the summer.