Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez is reportedly set to opt against a move to either Manchester United or Manchester City in favour of PSG.
The Colombian international has struggled to make the desired impact in the Spanish capital since his arrival from Monaco in 2014, and in turn has been linked with an exit this summer.
Both Manchester clubs were understood to be keen on signing him, but according to Goal, PSG have now emerged at the top of the list thanks to Unai Emery.
The former Sevilla boss is busy making changes to the squad having been confirmed as Laurent Blanc’s successor, and will be expected to make his move for Rodriguez with the promise of offering him a similar role to the one he has at international level.
Considering that is ultimately where he has impressed most, particularly during the World Cup in 2014, the 24-year-old will likely jump at the opportunity and sign a lucrative deal to boot.
It’s been a disappointing year for Rodriguez, as having failed to establish himself under either Rafa Benitez or Zinedine Zidane, his stock has fallen.
However, it looks as though he’s set to be offered a fresh start, and with Emery also targeting Carlos Bacca, the two Colombian internationals could be set to rekindle their partnership at club level which could have a devastating impact on PSG’s domestic and European rivals next season.
If confirmed, it will be a setback for both United and City, with both heavily linked with Rodriguez for some time. However, given the former has moved for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the past week perhaps it will be City and Pep Guardiola who will be left more disappointed.