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Man United Line Up Bid for £36m FC Porto Youngster James Rodriguez as Nani Replacement

Old Trafford side monitoring Colombian international.

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CalcioMercato claims that Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is tracking FC Porto attacker James Rodriguez with a view to bringing the Colombian international in as a potential replacement for Nani who appears to be set for an Old Trafford exit.

Ferguson has been linked with interest in the Colombian international for some months now so it’s no big surprise that the Scot would be willing to use Chicharito in his push to bring in the speedy FC Porto man. The former Banfield man took a while to get going at the Estadio do Dragao but after a shaky first season the youngster netted 13 times last term.

Nani’s future at Man United was already in doubt having been forced out of a regular first team role due to a combination of average form and the arrival of both Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa in the summer transfer window, then a reported training ground punch-up with a reserve team player seems to have sealed his fate.

The 25 year old has made just four Premier League starts this term and could be sacrificed to help pave the way for the young FC Porto man.

This source claims that a sum of €45m (£36m) would be needed in order for Man United to tempt Rodriguez’s Lisbon side to sell one of their prized assets.

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