James Rodriguez has threatened to stay put at Real Madrid, causing a headache for Zinedine Zidane, if President Florentino Perez continues to block a move to Manchester United this summer, according to reports from Spain.
Perez recently noted that Man United would have to launch a bid equating to the fee they paid for Rodriguez back in 2014 (around £65m) if they were to sign the Columbian.
Rodriguez, following another season on the fringes at Madrid, has reportedly pin-pointed Old Trafford as his preferred next destination, but Perez wants him to join Paris Saint Germain – the only other potential suitor – instead.
And according to Spanish outlet Diaro Gol, Rodriguez has not been persuaded by Perez’s proposal and has threatened to stay put at the Bernabeu – causing a problem for Zidane, who wants to fill the 25-year-old’s spot with a new signing – unless he is allowed to join United.
The entire Rodriguez saga is starting to create quite a clear complexion over how all parties involved feel: Perez won’t sell him for cheap, and preferably not to United; the Columbian wants an Old Trafford; and Mourinho doesn’t consider him to be a priority.
It is, to say the very least, a sticky situation, and one that could very easily culminate in Rodriguez remaining on the fringes at Madrid for another season.