Manchester United have reportedly made an enquiry for Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez, and have been told he will cost them £50m.
The Colombian international has consistently struggled to establish himself in the Spanish capital since his move from Monaco in 2014.
Through a combination of competition for places to question marks over his ability to fit in, it has been a problematic spell at the Bernabeu where the club’s supporters haven’t seen the best of him on a regular basis.
On one hand, with a lack of quality and depth, Zinedine Zidane will be eager to keep hold of the 25-year-old as the La Liga giants look to sustain their strong start to the campaign and add further silverware to their trophy cabinet.
However, it’s claimed by The Sun that despite the fact that Jose Mourinho boasts several options in the attacking roles in his own line-up, he could look to make a statement and take Rodriguez to Old Trafford as his marquee signing in the January transfer window.
The Portuguese tactician already has Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay as options to play behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and so on paper, it doesn’t particularly look like a smart move from the United boss.
Nevertheless, if there is an opportunity to sign a player of the quality of Rodriguez, then surely he has to take it and figure out who leaves in the upcoming transfer windows.
Rodriguez has been limited to just 16 appearances in all competitions so far this season, contributing two goals and nine assists.
It looks as though his time in Madrid could be coming to an end, but it remains to be seen whether or not his next destination is Manchester with £50m a significant fee for a player who may not be guaranteed regular first-team football.