From Spain: AC Milan pull out of race to sign Manchester United target James Rodriguez

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have been handed a massive boost over signing James Rodriguez after AC Milan pulled out of the race to sign the Columbian, according to reports from Spain.

The 25-year-old, following another season on the periphery under manager Zinedine Zidane, has reportedly pin-pointed Old Trafford as his next destination.

Rodriguez, who is valued at around £53m, has agreed personal terms in principle with Man United, with the only potential stumbling block now being his fee.

And according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, United will not have to contend with any rival bidders after AC Milan abandoned their pursuit of the Columbian.

Rodriguez had the world at his feet back in 2014. He was, following a trailblazing 2014 World Cup, being mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – as a prospect destined for uninterrupted greatness.

This has not materialised at the Bernabeu: he may have won three Champions League titles and, as of last season, a La Liga medal as well, but none of them have had him at the forefront – or even as an important contributor.

At 25, he cannot continue playing the role of ‘nearly man’; a new challenge under Jose Mourinho feels like the perfect lifeline for a player whose talent is too good to be wasted on the bench.

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