Bad luck Arsenal, Chelsea: Man United edging closer to sign Real Madrid star!

Sankha Ghosh / 05 August 2016

Manchester United could yet sign James Rodriguez as his future at Real Madrid was put in further doubt, according to Marca.Screen-Shot-2016-08-04-at-10.01.16

United are reportedly keeping tabs on the Colombian, who could lose his place in the starting line-up to breakthrough star Marco Asensio this season.

The midfielder’s future has been uncertain since Zinedine Zidane took over and United are reportedly set to pounce should he formally announce that he wants out of the Bernabeu. However, Real Madrid could demand a mammoth fee of around £70million for his services.

Not only United, Arsenal have also tried to persuade the Colombian to make a switch to the Emirates but their offer was rejected straightaway. Manchester City and Chelsea also suffered the same fate.

Spanish outlet El Confidencial last week claimed that Manchester united executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held a meeting with the midfielder’s representative, Jorge Mendes, where he told him to get ready for a bid of around £54million imminently.

The Colombian also recently hinted at his plans to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, but later took a U-turn and decided to stay with the Los Blancos which prompted Real to withdraw their interest in new Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes as a potential replacement.

Rodriguez, who had a disappointing season under Zinedine Zidane last year, has
so far netted 25 goals in 78 appearances for Real Madrid since making his debut for the La Liga giants back in 2014 but the 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford since the last transfer window.

The Red Devils have been admirers of Rodriguez since the Colombian superstar announced himself on the global stage at the 2014 World Cup.

The Colombian international became the sixth most expensive player of all time when he made his £63million transfer from Monaco to Real in 2013 and, if the Red Devils could convince him to swap Spain for England, it would come at a premium.