Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is likely to lower the club’s £65m valuation of Manchester United target James Rodriguez after failing to receive bids in that region, according to reports.
Perez, speaking earlier this month, insisted that Rodriguez would only be able to leave if Madrid received an offer equating to the sum shelled out for him back in 2014.
AC Milan have pulled out of the race to sign the Columbian, refusing to pay the €80m for a player who dramatically struggled for game time last term.
And according to the Express‘ Jack Staplehurst, Perez will have to lower the price set for Rodriguez in order to successfully offload him elsewhere.
The transfer market can often be a game of who blinks first. Almost like a game of battleships – a tacit contest of fleshing out minor gains by perhaps not even doing anything.
Such is the case here, and United’s nemesis, as it so often has been in the past, is plutocrat Perez. Dropping his valuation of Rodriguez means he would have lost money, but with Zinedine Zidane keen to fill the Columbian’s place with another attacking midfielder, he won’t have much of a choice.
Mourinho could very easily optimise this rare advantage of Madrid at there negotiating table by waiting until August – even late August – before eventually buying for far less than initially expected.