Jose Mourinho has encouraged Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez to consider a move to Manchester United by promising the Columbian a major role in his side, according to reports.
It was reported earlier this week that Old Trafford would be Rodriguez’s preferred destination after leaving Madrid, as per the recommendation of his agent, Jorges Mendes.
Man United’s number one target for next year’s transfer window is Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, who recently parted ways with his agent amid speculation surrounding a potential move away from the Vicente Calderon.
However, in spite of this, Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst has confirmed Mourinho is keen on giving the Columbian a fundamental role in the side.
Could this be evidence of the impossible? Namely, could this be a sign of Mourinho slowly ushering Wayne Rooney towards the exit door at Old Trafford?
To offer Rodriguez a major role equates, in my opinion, to employing him at the axis of United’s attacking line-up – the No.10 role, which happens to be the 24-year-old’s favoured position.
Mourinho’s decision to pursue Rodriguez makes even more sense when you reflect on Mourinho’s first two months at the club. For all the progress made in terms of personnel, the 53-year-old’s system still requires a No.10 that can instil a level of slickness and flair into United’s attacking movements – a bold, dynamic reference point that defines how the side moves forward.
And with Wayne Rooney manifestly unable to carry out this function, turning to Rodriguez – one of the brightest attacking midfielders in the world today – makes perfect sense.