Reports: Manchester United given a boost in their aim to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez
Real Madrid star James Rodriguez is one player who has been constantly linked with a move away from the Spanish capital club and it is reported that Manchester United are set to jump on the opportunity to sign the forward.
The 24-year-old joined the Champions League winners from AS Monaco in 2014 after putting up a brilliant display for Colombia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In the 2015-16 season, he has, however, struggled to find regular playing time as he missed the early part of the last campaign due to injury.
In addition to this, both under Zinedine Zidane and Rafael Benitez, Rodriguez has fallen down the pecking order. His situation has made aware to the Red Devils, who are looking to sign him in the summer transfer window.
Spanish outlet Okdiario claims that the player is looking to rent out his property in Madrid. However, with no occupancy, the Colombian international has reduced the rent from €17,000 to €15,000 to attract potential tenants. The property has seven bedrooms, a ten-car garage, a cinema, a gym and an outdoor pool.
This will come as a timely boost for United, who are keen on signing Real star. Another Spanish outlet Don Balon says Jose Mourinho has made signing Rodriguez a priority in the summer transfer window.
Colombia finished third in the 2016 Copa America Centenario and their coach Hernan Dario Gomez has urged Rodriguez to leave Real this summer as he feels the forward is not included in Zidane's plans at the club.
"My advice to James is that it is best if he goes and plays for another team as it seems clear that the man [Zidane] doesn't want to use him," The Mirror reported Dario Gomez as saying.
"He [James] is a world-class player and he should go to another team. It's a personal thing, he is an idol of ours and we want to see him play, but with this man [Zidane] he's not being used, I don't like that."
The player, however, is keen on continuing with his current employers.
"You never know in football but I want to stay here and my idea is to be here for many more years," Rodriguez explained, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“I think I need to look forward. I’m happy here. All my people are happy. This is the ideal club and I want to be here.”