Man Utd reportedly have an agreement in place with James Rodriguez, as his time with Real Madrid looks set to come to an end this summer.
The 25-year-old has struggled to establish himself as a key first-team regular for Zinedine Zidane this season, but he’s still managed 11 goals and 13 assists in 31 appearances in all competitions.
As a key part of the ‘second string’ attack, he has played a more important role in recent weeks as Madrid stay on track for the La Liga title, while they could also seal another Champions League triumph next month.
As reported by the Metro though, via RCN Radio in Colombia, it’s claimed that the Colombian international has an agreement in place with Man Utd as both him and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met with Real president Florentino Perez earlier this week to express their displeasure with his current situation at the Bernabeu.
While it’s claimed that they were told to wait until the summer to sort things out, it’s added that it was made clear in the meeting that a pre-agreement is in place with the Red Devils.
An interesting sub-plot is also revealed in the report that suggests Rodriguez must wear the No.10 shirt for every team he plays for as per his contract with Adidas.
With Wayne Rooney, the current holder of that shirt number, linked with an exit from Old Trafford this summer, the pieces may well be falling into place for the man that is set to cost Madrid £71m after he signed from Monaco in 2014, as per BBC Sport, to make the move to Manchester.
Jose Mourinho’s focus will solely be on winning the Europa League this season, his second piece of silverware this year, to get United back into the Champions League. However, expect another major summer transfer window as he continues to build a squad capable of competing on various fronts.
With just 12 La Liga starts this season, Rodriguez needs to play more as his quality alone would see him have a more prominent role at any other club.