By Mark Weasley
According to reports in Spain, James Rodriguez is willing to stay at Real Madrid this summer if he is not granted a move to Manchester United. The 25-year-old Colombian international is keen on a move to Old Trafford, but Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez is only interested in selling close to the €80m they paid to Monaco back in 2014.
Don Balon (via Daily star) reports that the former Monaco man has told Perez that United are the only club of his choice should he decide to leave Santiago Bernabeu, a situation which could throw a huge spanner in the works for manager, Zinedine Zidane, who is keen on letting some players go to free up space for the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Eden Hazard, who have been on the club’s shortlist.
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho is keen on the 2014 World Cup star, but is unwilling to spend €80 million. The Portuguese tactician shares the same agent with James, meaning that if a transfer fee is reached, then personal terms won’t be a major issue.
Jorge Mendes represents both parties and with this threat of staying put to just collect his wages and not play, Madrid might as well baulk on their valuation and let him leave.
James spectacularly struggled to impose himself on the first team, consistently playing as a substitute and not enjoying a consistent run as a starter. The player believes United will offer him the platform to revive his career, and remind everyone of his unquestionable quality, as per the report from Daily star
James Rodriguez is a central attacking midfielder widely famed for his technique, brilliance on the ball, finishing and creativity. He scored 11 times and created a further 8 in 33 matches for the Champions League holders and will be a key addition to Mourinho’s team that is looking to compete on all fronts next season.