Manchester Evening News through Don Balon have reported that James Rodriguez could yet be on his way to Manchester United, with the Real Madrid playmaker looking to establish a home away from Spain.
Rodriguez, 25, was the golden boy of the 2014 World Cup as one of the players of the tournament for Colombia, subsequently earned a £63 million move to Los Blancos.
His first season? More than impressive, as much as the price tag can warrant anyhow. 12 goals and as many assists had the Madridista faithful, and Florentino Perez in particular, purring.
However, his second season in La Liga bore little fruit for the Colombian. A series of poor performances, coupled with injuries and a pursuit by Spanish police, had deemed Rodriguez as surplus to requirement at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bizarrely, despite rumoured interest from both the Red Devils and Chelsea, Madrid decided that the player was deserving of a half season further.
If Don Balon’s report is to be believed, that is all that Rodriguez will have to bid his goodbyes to his friends in the capital.
Jose Mourinho has apparently promised Rodriguez a ‘major role’ in his United team, but one does wonder where exactly he fits in. Does this mean Rooney would have a demoted part to play? Will Henrikh Mkhitaryan be forced to play on the flanks, or will that apply for Rodriguez himself?
However, the stumbling block of Real Madrid’s transfer ban still stands. Currently, the giants are taking their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but it is unlikely their restraints in the market will be uplifted. In that case, any departures of big stars would seem unlikely.
Mourinho is known to love to indulge in big money signings, and should United overspend they could ultimately land their desired target.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.
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