James Rodriguez’s much-mooted transfer to Manchester United is edging ever closer, according to reports in Colombia. Under Zinedine Zidane, the Colombian has become a squad player and one of the stars of Real Madrid’s famed ‘B team’.
Los Blancos’ No.10 has hinted regularly he would prefer first team football at a big club — but preferably one in the Champions League. And radio station, Caracol, insist confirmation of a move to Old Trafford will be announced on Sunday after the last La Liga game of the season.
And Spanish football expert Guillem Balague appeared to corroborate the reports by tweeting the news this morning:
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) May 16, 2017
Real Madrid have two domestic clashes left — at Celta Vigo and Malaga — and four points will see them confirmed as champions. While, Zidane’s men also have the possibility of winning La Liga and being crowned European kings in the season for the first time since 1960, as Juventus lie in wait in the Champions League final.
Key to their success this season, has been the Frenchman’s incredible rotation of his squad.
The famed ‘B team’, which sees the likes of Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio deployed with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Co. dropping to the bench, have proved immense in recent weeks.
Zidane has picked his second string recent La Liga games and have not been let down.
However, the problem for Rodriguez is that, no matter how well he performs at the Bernabeu, he is firmly part of that side, and he wants to go somewhere where he feels loved.
The 25-year-old was the fourth most expensive player in football history when Real Madrid paid Monaco £63million for his services in 2014.
But has dropped down the pecking order and was an unused substitute during the 2016 Champions League final victory over Atletico.
Meanwhile, some reports from Spanish media claim as the 25-year-old star now set on leaving, Real have slapped a 75 million euro price tag on his head as the Premier League champions continue to circle, along with rivals Manchester United.
Large parts of the media have already signalled Jose Mourinho’s lead in the race for Rodriguez’s signature and the player has asked Jorge Mendes to find him a new club, an agent who has long held a strong working relationship with the Portuguese coach.
Whether or not the deal could be impacted by Madrid’s chase of David de Gea remains to be seen, but for now Los Blancos are determined not to simply hand over former Monaco man for anything less than what they paid after his sterling showing at the 2014 World Cup.