Colombian To Replace Pogba?
Manchester United will be offered James Rodriguez by Real Madrid as part of any deal for Paul Pogba.
Spanish newspaper El Desmarque claims Rodriguez’s agent Jorge Mendes has already had talks with Real president Florentino Perez about his future. The Colombia international spent two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich. However, the Bundesliga side decided not to exercise an option to make the deal permanent.
Rodriguez has made nine appearances for Real so far this season (five starts and four appearances off the bench) for a total of 422 minutes on the pitch. But head coach Zinedine Zidane prefers Isco to Rodriguez and both Perez and Mendes are examining options for January.
But the operation to sign Pogba is the most complicated option. Manchester United have dug in their heels over the Frenchman and are unlikely to want to part with him part-way through the season.
The other two options for Real regarding Rodriguez are to offer him to Wolves in exchange for Ruben Neves. Alternatively they could offer him to Tottenham Hotspur in exchange for Christian Eriksen.
However, Manchester United are also being linked with Eriksen. The same outlet believes the Red Devils will offer €50 million (£42 million) for the Denmark international. However, with just six months left on his contract by the time January comes around a bid of that size from United looks unlikely.