Reports emerging from Spain suggest Manchester United are interested in Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez.
However, the 24-year-old will likely cost the Old Trafford club a pretty penny – the English tabloid are reporting a fee in and around €80 million (£59m) may be needed to prise him away. This is also combined with the fact that the former Monaco man has four and a half years left on his current deal at the Bernabeu.
This kind of outlay appears a little more acceptable when looking at how young the Real star is as well as the obvious talent he would bring to United. With Louis van Gaal also walking on thin ice, there would an opportunity for the next Old Trafford boss, should there be a new one by next season, to utilise James’ creative attributes more effectively, with the Dutchman’s defensive approach strangling creativity at present.
James also trumps present advanced midfield options Memphis Depay, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young and could link up with the likes of Juan Mata and Morgan Schneiderlin in creating an extremely exciting midfield.
United are certainly starting to wobble and with no wins in their last four Premier League games, only scoring three goals in that time and losing to Norwich and Bournemouth, pressure is mounting on not only Van Gaal, but the club in general to find a player to spark attacks into life. Could James be the answer?
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena