Manchester United are not likely to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to La Liga expert Guillem Balague.
Earlier the Real Madrid midfielder who is also a target for Chelsea had emerged as a huge £63million target, with van Gaal keen to make an overhaul in his current squad. The Red Devils were still on pursuit for James Rodriguez. Even though the La Liga giants are on the verge of a two-window transfer ban, it seemed they could be ready to sacrifice the unsettled Colombian attacker.
Also, Rodriguez had a tough time with former manager Rafa Benitez and relations with new boss Zinedine Zidane are believed to be already strained. Zidane is not at all happy particularly with his attitude in recent training sessions.
But Balague has rubbished all the talks regarding a move to Old Trafford for Rodriguez.
“There is no chance of James going in January and Sevilla are saying they know nothing about Manchester United when it comes to Ever Banega,” Balague told Sky Sports.
Interestingly, super-agent Jorge Mendes is now managing Rodriguez and Sunday Express Sport few days ago reported Mendes has been in talks with some of the interested clubs including EPL giants Manchester United. Old Trafford Hierarchy maintains a good working relationship with the Portuguese agent and have already discussed how to make the deal successful in this January window.
Real Madrid believed to have paid €80m for the Colombian in 2014 after an outstanding World Cup performance in Brazil and there is a mere possibility that they would allow him to leave so early, especially as the Spanish giants recently hit by a transfer ban.
It is also suggested that Manchester United are still in the market for a marquee signing, with Gareth Bale, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo all linked with a potential move to Old Trafford. However, the majority of the supporters would likely prefer the internal dealings at the club to be sorted out at first as Louis van Gaal continues to feel the pressure.
If United manage to sign the Colombian it would certainly appease the majority of the United fans who still think Louis van Gaal’s team lack the much-needed flair and are too pedestrian this season.
United chief executive Ed Woodward always has a habit of chasing high-profile footballers around the world, with a typical thinking at Old Trafford that huge outlays on superstar players can be recouped by commercial gains.
The Red Devils have long been interested in luring Real Madrid’s two other superstar’s Ronaldo and Bale. Former United star Ronaldo left Old Trafford for Spanish giants Real Madrid back in 2009, for a world record £80 million fee at that time. Since joining Real he has become their all-time record goalscorer, but rumours always followed him which suggested one day Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford. van Gaal is looking for more fireworks in his frontline as the attacking line despite having Rooney, Martial, Depay still finding it difficult to score goals.