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£71m La Liga star prefers Manchester United over Arsenal as January exit possible

Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez reportedly prefers a move to Manchester United if he is to leave the La Liga giants in January.

The Colombian international’s future has been up in the air for several months now, as he has struggled to nail down a starting spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side.

It’s been a confusing period for Rodriguez in that he has received reassurances over his future one day before being linked with an exit the next, and time will tell as to whether or not he will leave the Spanish capital in the New Year.

According to Diario Gol, he is ready to leave Real after playing just 34 minutes so far this season, with three Premier League sides chasing his signature.

However, United have the edge as he would prefer to move to Old Trafford over either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur, claims the report.

Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are also monitoring the situation, and so it’s evident that the 25-year-old will have plenty of options should he decide to leave the Bernabeu.

Nevertheless, the report goes on to add that his agent, Jorge Mendes, has helped him decide that United would be the best option, although PSG and Arsenal would be the best alternatives if a move to Old Trafford fails to materialise.

Diario Gol claim that Real want a bid of at least £42m, and although no serious offer has been made as of yet, if that really is where the La Liga giants are starting, then it will represent a significant loss for them.

As reported by BBC Sport, Real signed the Colombian ace in 2014 for a fee that would reportedly rise to £71m, and while he may not have played enough to warrant another similar fee, his talent deserves a higher valuation and the Spanish outfit will undoubtedly be keen to get as close as possible to their initial outlay if they are to sell.

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