Man United given encouragement in pursuit of £63m superstar with Real Madrid “happy to sell”

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Manchester United have been given encouragement in their reported pursuit of James Rodriguez by Guillem Balague insisting that Real Madrid are “happy to sell” the Colombian superstar.

Spanish football expert Balague told Sky Sports about James’s Los Blancos future: “All I can say is that Real Madrid are more than happy to sell him… if they get the right amount of money.”

And The Express understands that figure could be close to the £63m that Madrid paid AS Monaco for Rodriguez after the 2014 World Cup, and that United are showing interest in the forward.

The likelihood of a United swoop for the 24-year-old could increase if Jose Mourinho is appointed manager in the summer, with The Express reporting that he would be keen on a move for James.

The South American has had a difficult second season with Madrid, losing his regular place in the team and being criticised by the Spanish press for his off-field behaviour, according to The Express.

But he still has a reputation for being one of the best players in the world, and the Red Devils could desperately do with someone of his creative talents. According to Balague, this deal could be a goer.

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