Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez is expecting to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for Manchester United if an offer is made by the Red Devils. The Colombian is expecting an offer from the Old Trafford hierarchy as he sees his future away from the Spanish capital.
Ed Woodward, Manchester United executive vice-chairman has been in talks with Rodriguez’s agent, Jorge Mendes regarding an imminent transfer bid. The Red Devils are willing to offer Real Madrid a fee of $71.40 million to capture the 25-year-old, according to El Confidencial.
United manager, Jose Mourinho is already building an expensive squad after taking over as the Old Trafford boss. He has brought in the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan ($34.7m) from Borussia Dortmund and central defender Eric Bailly ($37.36m) from Villareal. He has also signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer after the striker decided not to renew his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
However, United’s interest in Rodriguez solely depends on their capture of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. It has been reported recently by L’Equipe that the French international has already signed for the Red Devils for a world record transfer fee. If the reports are indeed true, then Rodriguez’s transfer to United could lose steam, although it could still take place given the Colombian is looking for playing opportunities elsewhere.
“I’m not going to tell you that James is a starter. He’s an important player. We’ll see what happens this year, I have a big squad and it’s complicated.” Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid manager said recently, as reported by MailOnline.
This statement has increased the rumors of the attacking midfielder leaving Real Madrid this summer for greener pastures. The Colombian has struggled to make his mark at the Santiago Bernabeu with attackers Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo preferred over him.
Hence, if the Paul Pogba deal miraculously fails to happen, then an aggressive bid from Manchester United to sign James Rodriguez could materialize in near future.