Manchester United are readying a move for Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez with the Daily Star claiming a bid from the Old Trafford side is ‘on the cards’.
Jose Mourinho has experienced a sticky start to his Manchester United managerial reign and the shelling out of over £150m on new signings hasn’t yet helped to push the club in the right direction.
Manchester United sit in eighth place at present and already eight points off top of the table Man City and the pressure is already on the Portuguese boss.
Real Madrid reportedly want as much as £72m for Colombian international Rodriguez and a number of sides are said to be keen on bringing in the former FC Porto and AS Monaco man with PSG, Chelsea and Arsenal said to all retain an interest in the creative midfielder.
Rodriguez has struggled to make an impact since moving to the Spanish capital and is by no means a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane, the 25-year-old starting just two of the club’s ten La Liga fixtures thus far this season.
This source cites the fact that both Mourinho and Rodriguez sharing the same agent, Jorge Mendes, as a factor that could aid Manchester United’s push to bring in the Real Madrid man and there’s no doubt that the addition of further guile linking midfield and attack could be of great use to the Premier League side, not least as summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan doesn’t appear to be a player Mourinho rates very highly.
Rodriguez great impressed at the 2014 World Cup finals and this led to his reported £70m move to Real Madrid but things haven’t panned out very well for the player over the past two and a half years and a move does seem entirely plausible.
Mourinho’s side have struggled in the final third in recent months, scoring just one goal in their last four Premier League fixtures, and James Rodriguez could be seen as a viable replacement for Wayne Rooney, the England international having failed to impress thus far this term which has in turn led to an extended spell on the bench.