Real Madrid & Manchester United 'reach agreement' ahead of £61m transfer that suits all parties

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Manchester United have been intensely linked with three Real Madrid this summer, and reports are emerging that one deal is extremely close to completion.

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Jose Mourinho has been linked with a reunion with Alvaro Morata this summer, while Cristiano Ronaldo has also been rumoured to want to re-sign for the Old Trafford club. But this breakthrough is for James Rodriguez, the Colombian playmaker who has been looking for a way out of the Santiago Bernabeu for some time now, with Diario Gol in Spain suggesting an agreement to suit all parties has been reached.

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There are a number of players, Rodriguez and Morata included, who are becoming frustrated with life at the current European champions because Zinedine Zidane patently has his preferred players. Rodriguez’s future has been up in the air for two years, because after an initial spell in the team following his arrival in 2014 after the World Cup under Carlo Ancelotti, he fell out of favour under Rafa Benitez at the start of last season and has failed to regain a regular spot in the first team under Zidane.

There were reports earlier in the summer that the 25-year-old had been offered to United, and it seems as though the wheels have been set in motion. Mourinho is keen on reshaping his squad ahead of their return to the Champions League next season, while the Portuguese will be hoping for a closer-fought Premier League title challenge next term, having finished sixth last year, only reaching Europe’s top club competition by virtue of winning the Europa League.

Signing a striker has been on Mourinho’s mind most, having released Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the end of the season. The Swede scored 28 goals but after suffering a knee injury, doubts have arisen about his ability to recover fully, so the extra year option in his contract was ignored. As a result, Morata has been seen as their primary summer target for quite some time, but the Red Devils would seemingly like to add another creative option to their squad to compete with Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

From James’ point of view, moving to the Premier League could be the perfect catalyst to get his career back on track. He is still regarded as one of the most talented players on the planet, having stolen the show at the 2014 World Cup before moving from Monaco to Real Madrid. As for Los Blancos, they’ll be happy to recoup such a high percentage of the £73miillion they paid for him.

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