Real Madrid coach Zidane backs under-pressure James

Manchester United have informed James Rodriguez’s agent that they are all set to make a transfer offer for the Colombian star, according to latest reports from Spain.

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.

Now El Confidencial claims, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held a meeting with the midfielder’s representative, Jorge Mendes, on Monday where he told him to get ready for a bid of around £54million imminently.

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.

Regardless of the fee complications, United have been greeted by some positive news when Real manager Zidane admitted the size of his squad has made life ‘complicated’.

“The idea with James is the same as with everyone else – he’s a Real Madrid player,” said Zidane.

“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.

“I have to play the most competitive side I can and I’ll do the same thing this season, that’s my responsibility.”

It’s believed United are still looking to complete one final marquee signing following deals for Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

However, Juventus man Paul Pogba remains Jose Mourinho’s priority target ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, but the Portuguese manager has also admitted that he will not be surprised if Pogba deal fails at the very last minute.


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