James Rodriguez prefers Man United move if he left Real Madrid – report

by Ben Topliss

James Rodriguez would prefer a move to Manchester United this summer if he was to leave Real Madrid, according to ESPN.

Rodriguez has become frustrated at Madrid due to a lack of playing time under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

Injuries have also contributed to a downturn in fortunes for the Colombian and Madrid are now considering a sale just two years after they spent £80m on him following the 2014 World Cup.

Madrid may use Rodriguez’s sale to fund an overhaul of the squad this summer if their transfer ban, imposed by FIFA, is suspended permanently.

The player would be keen on a move to Man United but the uncertainty over whether Louis van Gaal will be replaced by Jose Mourinho is said to complicate matters.

United’s problems up top have been well documented and there is no doubting that Rodriguez would inject a huge amount of quality into the squad going forward.

If the player is willing to come, there is no reason why United shouldn’t be doing all they can to make the transfer happen. The likes of Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, while likeable, haven’t really shown that they have the extra bit of quality needed to succeed at United.

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