Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez has singled out Manchester United as his preferred club is he left Real Madrid, according to reports.
Rodriguez moved to Real Madrid for a reported €80m after claiming the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot with Columbia.
And despite being something of a peripheral figure at the Bernabeu, the 25-year-old has still managed to clock up 20 goals in 57 appearances for the Spanish side.
According to Diario Gol, Rodriquez’s preferred next destination – recommended by agent Jorge Mendes – would be Man United and Mourinho.
What impresses me the most about Rodriquez is his versatility in attack: the Columbian has excelled as a winger, No.10 and central midfielder with Madrid, Columbia and Porto, slotting into a variety of formations with relative ease.
The prospect of Rodriguez replacing Wayne Rooney at No.10 is remarkably tantalising. Whilst the Englishman’s immobility and lack of pace precludes him from functioning as a competent No.10, the 25-year-old embodies everything you’d want from somebody playing in behind a striker: agile, quick on his feet, blessed with astonishing vision and an ‘attack-first’ mindset.
His presence in Mourinho’s side would, no doubt, see United’s attacking movements amplify in speed and precision, similar to that of the effervescent Columbian side of the 2014 World Cup, with Rodriguez acting as its unmistakeable nucleus.