Manchester United are still on pursuit for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez. Even though the La Liga giants are on the verge of a two window transfer ban, it now seems they could be ready to sacrifice the unsettled Colombian attacker.
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 with his attitude in training sessions and might decide to sell Rodriguez if he wants to leave.
Interestingly, super agent Jorge Mendes is now managing Rodriguez and Sunday Express Sport claims Mendes has been in talks with a few 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 secured the service of Rodriguez from Monaco in July 2014 for a fee worth £63million after an outstanding World Cup performance in Brazil and they are expected to demand a similar amount if Manchester United officially bid for their star player.
If United manage to sign the Colombian it would certainly appease majority of the United fans who still think Louis van Gaal’s team lack the much needed flair and are too pedestrian this season.
The Red Devils are however maintaining regular contact with the Madrid officials over their long-term target Gareth Bale and will not welcome any approach towards Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea unless their offer is entertained.
Louis van Gaal has also contacted Benfica over their teenage midfielder Renato Sanches, but the 18-year-old Portuguese has a buyout clause of around £60m and Old Trafford hierarchy is trying to negotiate a much lower fee and also believed to be ready to loan the player back to Benfica for the rest of the season in order to sweeten the deal as the Portuguese club have no intention to let go their star performer. Manchester United is well aware that they have to succeed the deal as soon as possible with a number of top European sides already pursuing Sanches.