Manchester United have received a huge boost in their attempts to sign Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.
Firstly, the Mirror have claimed that Madrid have told United that they can have Rodriguez for £50m, a very reasonable fee for the twenty time English champions.
Colombia star Rodriguez joined Los Blancos for £56m following a stunning 2014 World Cup, and despite impressing in his debut season with the club, neither Rafa Benitez nor Zinedine Zidane were overly impressed with the 24-year-old in 2015/16.
Reports in Spain have suggested that Rodriguez has put his house up for sale following a season of disappointment, and being an unused substitute in the Champions League final appeared to be the final nail in the coffin of Rodriguez’s Real Madrid career.
The attacker is searching for a new home with plenty of first-team football, which makes Manchester United a very viable option.
Secondly, a sale could be accelerated by the fact that Madrid have been hit with a €18.2m sanction for receiving illegal state aid, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Various media outlets have reported that the club are looking to offload Rodriguez to raise funds for new signings anyway, so this blow could very well see the former Monaco man exit the Bernabeu before the end of the month.
However, Manchester United will want to act quickly, as Yahoo France are claiming an exclusive that Paris Saint-Germain are in negotiations with Real Madrid and Rodriguez’s agent, Jorge Mendes, over a possible return to France.
Another factor on the side of Man United, on the other hand, is that Rodriguez shares Jose Mourinho’s agent.
The Red Devils have already clinched the signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer, and a move for Rodriguez would surely put United as one of the firm title contenders for next season.