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James Rodriguez offered to Manchester United, is he needed or wanted?

James Rodriguez has been linked to Manchester United, again. In fact, he has been linked to a number of clubs with Chelsea seeming to be his destination during the January transfer window being that the player headed to Colombia and was spotted in the British embassy, possibly sorting out the paperwork required for a move to the United Kingdom. Nothing happened in January, the interest from Chelsea, which may have been media led, cooled. Now we are heading into the ‘silly season’, the Colombian is now being linked to United, possibly because of his agent, Jorge Mendes, the same agent which represents Jose Mourinho, United’s manager. It is no secret that United are looking to reinforce the squad this season, wanting a better class of players who will lead United to glory, taking on Chelsea to win the Premier League title once again, it being four years since United last lifted the trophy in the final season under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson. Rodriguez moved to Real Madrid from AS Monaco after the FIFA World Cup in 2014, since making 109 appearances, scoring 36 goals. This season, Rodriguez has made 32 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 11 goals and assisting in a further 12, which is not bad for a player not playing all that often. In front of goal, the Colombian has had 49 shots, 30 of those being on target.

What is being reported and by who?

The Manchester Evening News reported that Rodriguez could sign for United this summer, citing reports from Spanish-speaking radio and a Colombian radio station as their sources. They suggest the 25-year-old Colombian is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid. The Sun have reported that United and the player have a ‘pre-agreement’ but he will only leave the Santiago Bernabeu if Wayne Rooney leaves United in the summer, which could be a possibility. It has been said that Rodriguez would want the number ten shirt at United, which is something that has been rumoured over the last few months or so. The Mirror report something similar, based on the same reports which come from RCN Radio in Colombia. The Sun also throw in that Manchester City will be looking to rival United for the Colombian international who signed for Real Madrid from AS Monaco after the FIFA World Cup in 2014. Sky Sports have also reported that Rodriguez has been offered to United and a fee could be in the region of £50 million, which is a lot for a player who would come with a lot of baggage.

What type of player is James Rodriguez?

James Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder. He was once considered as one of the best young players in the world. He is versatile and can play in many positions in the midfield or in attacking roles. He has previously played as a playmaker, winger and a central midfielder for both club and country. Rodriguez prefers to play in at attacking role behind the striker, a role which would be better occupied by Henrikh Mkhitaryan at this moment in time. The Colombian has pace, technical skills, vision and the ability to create chances for his teammates. Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama has stated that Rodriguez is his successor at international level. Rodriguez is left-footed, but on the dribble, has been known to use both feet, showing ambidexterity. Rodriguez won the Golden Boot in the FIFA World Cup in 2014, despite losing to Brazil in the quarter-finals. Rodriguez is a great free-kick taker, threatening from anywhere on the pitch when it comes to scoring goals. That being said, the fact he’s not a regular starter for Real Madrid and does not seem to be a fans favourite create some warning signs. Rodriguez seems to have problems with his attitude and the fact he has had problems with authority off the pitch. I think the money Real Madrid will be looking for would be more of a problem considering the problems the player has had during his short time in the Spanish capital.

Likelihood of the transfer?

I don’t see much in this at this moment in time. To me, it seems like Real Madrid are at a car boot sale and it is getting close to closing time and they still have a few things to shift. If you say that one person has been offered one of the things you sell, it may generate interest and possible a bidding war for the piece of tat being sold, in this case, James Rodriguez. I’m not being disrespectful or anything, but Real Madrid seems to want to sell their cast-offs for large fees which just do not relate to the player. Rodriguez has failed to light the Santiago Bernabeu alight which could easily be the case in the Premier League. Look at Angel Di Maria, seemingly forced out of Madrid, came to United for an inflated fee, failed and left a year later with United losing money. The same thing could happy with the Colombian. The player looked great at the FIFA World Cup in 2014, but that was three years ago and the expectations of him have not been reached at Real Madrid. The Premier League is much tougher than La Liga, which would be a major cause for concern. The player has scored goals from midfield, not all that many considering the league he’s played in, which will reduce in the Premier League. Do I want James Rodriguez? No. Do I think United should sign him? No. Do I think United will sign him? No.

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