James Rodriguez reportedly said no to a transfer to Inter Milan in the summer window, amid interest from several Premier League clubs.
Sport Illustrated report that Rodriguez was subject to a mammoth £73 million from fallen Serie A giants Inter, but felt that the club were not big enough.
Inter were taken over by Chinese owners Suning Holdings Group in the summer, and the new owners promised to splash the cash in order to get the 18-time Serie A champions back to winning ways.
“We will certainly invest in Inter, we will help the club and provide as many resources as possible to bring them back to the top or to a level even higher than before,” vice-president Weimin Sun is quoted by Mediaset as telling Inter Channel.
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Rodriguez was reportedly their first big target, and the club were ready to meet Real Madrid’s £70 million valuation of the Columbian, but he did not want the move.
According to Spanish newspapers Don Balon and Diario Gol, Rodriguez is desperate to leave the Bernabeu, and is holding out for a move to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
United are interested in signing the attacking midfielder, but are only willing to pay half of Real’s asking price, as they don’t see the logic in paying over the odds for a player who has struggled to find game time.
Los Blancos might look to keep Rodriguez after their appeal against their transfer ban failed, meaning they will not be able to register players for the next two transfer windows.
And Rodriguez has also looked to refute claims that he was desperate to leave the club, insisting that Real is his dream club and that he will fight to stay with the La Liga giants.
“Zidane is my idol. Real Madrid is my dream,” he said.
“I hope it lasts much more time. My family and I are very happy in Madrid and in the team. I will fight to stay here forever.
“It’s not true that I’ve had a bad time. Me not speaking [to the public] doesn’t mean I have a bad relationship with anyone. We are united as a team and everyone has supported me here since the first day. We want more wins and more records.
“I understand the coach’s decisions. He knows I always want to help the team, not just with goals and assists.”