Having failed to secure a spot in the Real Madrid starting lineup under Zinedine Zidane’s management, James Rodriguez seems to have called curtains on his career in the Spanish capital, and has reportedly told his super-agent Jorge Mendes to find a new top club, where regular game time will be guaranteed.
The Colombian international has since been linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including the likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain, but Manchester United have always been dubbed as the frontrunners in this transfer race.
The top officials of the Old Trafford outfit have asked Los Blancos to keep them informed about James’ situation in Madrid at all times, whilst Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward discuss their top priority targets for the upcoming summer transfer window.
This situation is similar to that of Angel Di Maria’s British record-breaking £59.7m transfer to the Theatre of Dreams back in 2014, wherein Real Madrid had directly alerted Manchester United of the Argentine’s availability, and Louis van Gaal ended up swooping in to secure the midfielder’s services.
Mourinho and co. do seem to be on the verge of having a mammoth transfer window, and this belief is also being shared by ex-United full-back and current pundit Gary Neville.
Neville recently told Sky Sports (via ESPN): “Manchester United have the largest chequebook in the world at the moment in terms of fees. Jose Mourinho has been unbelievable in the transfer market over the years.
“They got £45m back for Schneiderlin and Depay and maybe if De Gea leaves it will be £60m or £70m. So he’s going to have £200m to spend. He’s obviously found the squad is not as good as he thought it would be. He deserves another 12 months.
“He’s only signed four players for Manchester United. Once he’s signed 8 or 10 and he is a year further forward, I would be asking a question if he was playing a back six in all these big away games.”
Written by Kunal Kambli