Amid the ongoing speculation regarding Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United, the Premier League outfit are still keeping tabs on Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and could launch a bid for the Columbian star.
According to reports from Marca (via The Mirror), United will need to pay around £70 million to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford, a significant amount for the star despite a lacklustre year with the Champions League winners.
The lack of first-team football under manager Zinedine Zidane is a clear indication the 25-year-old isn’t in the Frenchman’s plans for the upcoming season. Rodriguez has also had issues off the pitch, which include reckless driving.
Furthermore, 20-year-old Marco Asensio breaking into Zidane’s first team puts the future of Rodriguez and fellow teammate Isco in doubt, with a midfield rivalry starting to brew at the Bernabeu.
Despite the rumours surrounding James’ future, Zidane has stated he would like the see the Columbian in the side next season but made clear there isn’t space for every star at Real Madrid.
“There are many players in that position, so nothing is closed,” Zidane is quoted as saying in Goal.com.
“We will talk about this when we return to Madrid.
“There are many players in this position and it is difficult to fit them all in. Moreover, they are all very good. We will make decisions.”
Should Rodriguez decide his time at the Bernabeu has come to an end before the transfer window closes, we could see the Columbian in a United jersey or togging out for any one of the big clubs around Europe.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena
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