Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has begun house-hunting in the Manchester area amidst reports linking him with a potential £60 million move to Manchester United, according to the Express.
Having lit up the 2014 World Cup, James Rodriguez arrived from Monaco to Real Madrid for a fee of £63 million, and managed to bag 13 goals and 13 assists in 29 league games for the Spanish giants in his first season, under the management of Carlo Ancelotti.
However, following Ancelotti’s departure from the Spanish capital, Rodriguez struggled under his successor Rafa Benitez, and the Colombian’s situation has gotten even worse under Los Blancos’ newest boss Zinedine Zidane.
Earlier this month, James’ dad Wilson Rodriguez, acknowledged this downgrade as well, and was quoted as saying: “They (Ancelotti and Zidane) are two very different managers and the fact that he isn’t playing at the moment doesn’t mean anything. But it’s obvious that change of manager was bad for him.”
Rodriguez has since been overlooked during some of Real Madrid’s biggest games of the season – the home game against Wolfsburg as well as the away tie versus Manchester City, to name a few.
This struggle for regular game time has led the 24-year-old to begin considering other options, and is now being linked with potential transfers to Premier League titans Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United.
But new reports have now emerged suggesting Rodriguez has been house-hunting in the Manchester area, thereby tilting the scales in the favour of both the Manchester clubs.
And as per the Express’ report, Manchester United is the club that is leading the race for the play-maker, and the Red Devils’ officials have already held talks about bringing Rodriguez to England this summer, whilst also submitting a £60 million offer for the star man.
However, Manchester City continue to show interest in the former Monaco man, and will apparently try their best to keep James from moving to the Theatre of Dreams.