Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez is edging closer to joining Manchester United this summer, according to reports from Spain.
President Florentino Perez initially insisted that Man United would have to shell out £65m, the sum initially paid for the Colombian in 2014, to secure the his services at Old Trafford.
However, he has been forced to lower his valuation of the 25-year-old after failing to receive any bids in that region, alongside threats from Rodriguez that he would doggedly remain in the backwaters at the Bernabeu if he was denied a move to United.
And according to Spanish outlet Diaro Gol, Rodriguez’s agent Jorge Mendes, who works closely with Jose Mourinho, is pushing the move closer to completion.
We should remember that, three years ago, Rodriguez was the hottest property in the market – so much so, in fact, that everybody simply expected him to join Madrid following what was an aye-inspring World Cup with Colombia.
His confidence since then has taken a battering. Life at the Bernabeu can turn you into an immortal great but it can also break you. What he needs, above anything, is a strong character like Mourinho to remind him of the attacking brilliance he can offer.