Manchester United could make a surprise signing in the form of Real Madrid star James Rodriguez when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
Manchester United have surprisingly agreed to head to the James Rodriguez negotiating table but only if Real Madrid allow him to leave for cheap, reports say. Zinedine Zidane is keen to offload the Colombia international, whose stock has fallen drastically in recent times. But Everton, as well as United, are interested too.
Manchester United have been linked with Real Madrid star Rodriguez for years.
Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to bring the player to Old Trafford back in the summer of 2010 having watched the Colombia international shine at Porto.
In the end that didn’t happen, with Rodriguez going on to join Monaco.
He made the blockbuster move to Real Madrid in 2014 shortly after his exploits at the World Cup in Brazil, where he finished as the top scorer with six goals from five matches – including a belter against Uruguay.
However, in recent years, he’s toiled.
Rodriguez endured a miserable time at Bundesliga Bayern Munich, failing to establish himself during his two-year loan spell at the Allianz Arena.
And he’s struggled for minutes at Real this season with the likes of Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde and Isco all ahead of him in ZIdane’s pecking order.
Now, Diario Madridista claim United have agreed to head to the Rodriguez negotiating table at the end of the campaign.
But that’s only on the condition that Real let him go for cheap.
United have moved away from spending huge money on big players in recent years having had their fingers burned by the likes of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
United aren’t the only team interested in securing the signature of the 28-year-old, with Everton and Atletico Madrid very much in the frame for his signing too.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti managed Rodriguez at both Real and Bayern earlier in his career and could reunite with the playmaker at Goodison Park.