Old Trafford side hope to lure Colombian ace.
Manchester United hope to sign FC Porto star James Rodriguez this summer, according to a range of reports.
The Colombian tends to play on the left side of a front three for the Portuguese Liga Sagres champions, and has earned favourable comparisons with Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo, who of course had a mightily successful period at Old Trafford.
Since transferring from Argentinean side Banfield in the summer of 2010, he has improved exponentially.
Rodriguez has scored eleven goals and assisted his team-mates ten times in 27 appearances this season – an exceptionally productive total.
It is form that has earned praise from that most famous of Colombian footballers, the supremely coiffed Carlos Valderrama, nicknamed El Pibe.
“Colombia do not need a new ‘El Pibe,'” Valderrama said to reporters in his home country late last year.
“James is doing very well in that position.
“We have to support him because he is motivated and he needs support as I believe we have some player here.”
Valderrama is right, as Rodriguez has similar physical attributes to Ronaldo: power, pace and a killer instinct in front of goal. He is performing at a very high level for someone the mere age of 20.
He has a rather restrictive £38m release clause reportedly written into his contract, but Manchester United would hope to sign him for less than that.