James Rodriguez available for £22 million this summer; Manchester United balk at wage demands

Real Madrid are seeking to sell James Rodriguez this summer and he could be available for as little as £22 million with Manchester United and Arsenal said to be interested in the player. However, his exit from the Spanish club could well be scuppered by the player’s wage demand with report suggesting that the 29-year-old will demand £140,000 per week. Back in the summer fo 2014, after a largely positive FIFA World Cup for Colombia in Brazil, Rodriguez was linked with United, but signed for Real Madrid.

That move seems to have been a negative for him as the player spent three seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu before being loaned to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for two seasons; 2017/18 and 2018/19. The Colombian international spent the 2019/20 season with the Los Blancos and did not feature much in a season thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic. The player is set to be a free agent next summer so Real Madrid will be seeking to make some money on the player this summer.

During the 2019/20 season, Rodriguez, 29, made a total of 14 appearances for his club, playing in La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Supercoppa, and the UEFA Champions League. The Colombian international scored one goal and two assists which is poor form for the player and a major warning sign that United should avoid this transfer. In January 2018, United signed Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal from Arsenal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the other direction and that was a dreadful move for United.

The Sun has reported that Real Madrid could be seeking just £22 million for the Colombian this summer, which would be a good deal for a club seeking to sign an aging player who seems to be past his best. United should stick by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan to rebuild United, signing young and hungry players with the Norwegian seeking to assemble a squad that could last for years, rather than one to last for a season or two. Long-term success seems to be the plan, rather that quick success, which has not worked in the past.

During his career, Rodriguez has been likened to some of the best names in the sport and at the World Cup in 2014, he did look like the next best thing. Since signing for Real Madrid, the 29-year-old has made a total of 125 appearances for the club, scoring 37 goals and 42 assists. At AS Monaco, which is where he was before signing for the Madrid club, the player made 38 appearances, scoring 10 goals and 14 assists, which was considered good at the time. On loan for two seasons at Bayern Munich, Rodriguez made 67 appearances, scoring 15 goals and 20 assists.

United have now been linked with Rodriguez and Douglas Costa in the past few days – despite both player being experienced at both club and country level, it does not mean that they are still good enough to be playing for a club like United. Solskjaer should be allowed to seek young and hungry players that will work hard to be considered in this United squad, not players who seems to be on the decline, as both Rodriguez and Costa seem to be. Both players could be signed for £40 million, which seems great on paper, but in terms of leading from the front and being the difference in United challenging for titles, I am not all that convinced.

Written by John Walker

Rodriguez move depends on Real Madrid signing another player – reports

James Rodriguez will only be allowed to leave Real Madrid this summer if the La Liga and UEFA Champions League holder sign Spain U21 star Dani Ceballos. The Santiago Bernabeu club have seen speculation surrounding many of their players this summer with Alvaro Morata linked to Manchester United and the newspapers speculating over the future of the Colombian, who reportedly will only leave the Bernabeu for a move to Old Trafford but it is not certain that United manager Jose Mourinho is interested in the player. Marca have reported that Rodriguez would be allowed to leave should he be replaced by Ceballos this summer, which is yet to be determined whether the club are actually able to sign the player.

Barcelona also seem to be interested in Ceballos, which will not be an easy victory for Real Madrid. Another thing that stands in the way of Rodriguez’s move away from the Bernabeu is not only finding the interest of another team, but one who will agree to Real Madrid’s demands which are set at €75 million, which is £65 million – a massive fee for a player who wants to leave and is not considered as a player crucial to the squad by manager Zinedine Zidane. I am sure you will see lots of reports about Manchester United missing out on Rodriguez whether he leave the Bernabeu for another team, or even if he remains in Madrid, there will be stories out there depicting United’s failure to sign a player it is not certain they are actually interested in.

Ceballos has a €15 million release clause in his contract, according to the Daily Star and Real Betis would be hoping to sign the player on loan, should he leave the club this summer. Barcelona have already entered the race for the player, which could be difficult for Madrid as the Catalan club will be able to tempt the player with just as much money Madrid offer him, just as many prospects with a massive history too, so it will all be down on the player to make his mind up on a move. Saying that, even if Madrid do sign him, it is not certain that Rodriguez will leave, especially if there is no interest in him from Mourinho or United.

Mourinho is keen to add strength and depth to his team, who will be back in the UEFA Champions League next season, so perhaps that will help show some interest in the Colombian, who three years ago was one of the best up and coming players in the world, losing his momentum at Real Madrid, which is partly down to the management changes over those years, plus the fact the player seems to have an attitude problem, which is not really something Mourinho and United would be interested in this summer. I am sure that in a few weeks time, we will see if United are interested in Rodriguez, which at this moment does not seem too certain. Media reports seem to continually link the player with United, but some close to the club say there is no interest.

Manchester United ‘agree personal terms’ with Colombian ace – reports

Manchester United’s summer transfer business seemed to fizzle out after the signing of Victor Lindelof almost a fortnight ago, but looking back to last summer, the same thing happened after the early signing of Eric Bailly from Villarreal – the next signing being Zlatan Ibrahimovic which was announced on the 1st July last year, closely followed with that of Henrikh Mkhitaryan then Paul Pogba around a month later, completing United business last summer. The rumours are rife right now with almost every player under the sun being linked to the Old Trafford club, some have legs, others seem to be rumours which emerge from unreliable sources, grow legs and then fizzle out themselves.

The future of Real Madrid’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez seems to be up in the air right now with the player linked to many clubs but reports suggest Manchester United is the club he wants to sign for. Whilst it is great that a player wants to sign for United, there needs to be a mutual interest with that club wanting the player. Some have said United want Rodriguez, other say they don’t, which leaves a 50/50 chance that the club will sign the player. The Sun, not the most reliable of sources, currently reports that United have agreed on personal terms with the Colombian, who has fallen out of favour with los blancos, despite helping his side win La Liga and retain the UEFA Champions League trophy for the first time since the rebranding of the competition.

The reports The Sun carry come from Spanish sources, not Don Balon but Diario Gol. There is a catch though, that being the £61 million fee Real Madrid want for the player, which does seem a bit much for a player who is not in the plans of manager Zinedine Zidane for the coming season, which may end up with United, or even another club agreeing on a lower price for the player with the Santiago Bernabeu club looking to bring in the money to but AS Monaco’s French forward Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool and Arsenal currently interested in signing the player this summer. The 25-year-old Colombian would be a good signing but only if he was to overcome the various issues he has been involved in during his time in Spain.

Rodriguez made only 13 starts in the La Liga last season, struggling to impress Zidane that he was worthy of a place in the squad next season. The latest reports suggest that Rodriguez is closer to a departure from the Bernabeu possibly in a bid to reignite his career at the Old Trafford club, which may be a great fit for him with United looking for more creativity and goals this coming season, which will be needed if Jose Mourinho’s team is to take on the likes of Chelsea for the Premier League title, something the supporters and the club’s hierarchy will be expecting. United finished in sixth place last season, missing out on a UEFA Champions League place in the league, winning the UEFA Europa League to put themselves into the group stages of the competition.

Real Madrid were originally looking for £70 million for Rodriguez this summer, which now seems to have dropped to £61 million, but with all due respect to the player, he’s not exactly shown that he is worthy of that fee this summer with his inability to break into the squad for the majority of the season, so both United, if they are really interested and Real Madrid may need to hold talks to agree on a fee for the player. Time is starting to move on with pre-season a fortnight away, at least with United jetting off to the United States of America to start their pre-season tour, in which they will face the Madrid side in one of two matches before the start of the new season; the other match being the UEFA Super Cup in Macedonia on the 8th August 2017.

Manchester United boosted in the race for James Rodriguez, if they are interested of course

Manchester United have been handed a ‘massive boost’ in the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez according to The Sun. In my mind, with the reports earlier in the summer that United were not interested in Rodriguez, it just allows the newspapers such as The Sun to peddle a false story again, gaining hundreds of thousands of page views to their website. There seem to be some facts to the story though with the Colombian rejecting a move to Serie A side AC Milan having a £52.9million (€60m) bid accepted by Real Madrid, only for the player to turn down such a transfer. This comes only days after the club’s president Florentino Perez confirmed that no bids had been received for any of their players, which could have been a lie or the truth.

For weeks now we have seen reports that Rodriguez would prefer a move to the Old Trafford club over any other club this summer, which is all well and good but if there is no interest from that club, which is something conveyed by the media over the last month or so, that dream is just not going to happen. Jose Mourinho’s side were interested in signing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann earlier in the summer but as the club’s transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, United decided that they needed a player to take over from Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was released at the end of the season but is still currently at the club overcoming his knee injury sustained in April.

Rodriguez is a number ten type player and whilst he may improve United’s options this summer, a number ten was listed as one of the reasons the club decided to cool their interest with Griezmann, suggesting a number nine was more important for the club at this time, hence the links to Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. Rodriguez was once one of the hottest properties in world football, shining at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, then signing for Real Madrid from AS Monaco and seemingly struggling for game time. That was not the only thing that hampered the player with his attitude said to be an issue, which would not be something United would want at the club, seeking to iron out all the problems which have reared after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rodriguez scored 11 goals last season, also assisting a further 11 goals which is a good result, especially from the midfield, something which could help United score more goals in the Premier League and beyond, but the suggestion to be made that United were not interested in Rodriguez, they must have other targets who Jose Mourinho feels will improve his side more than the Colombian. Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan, a club needing to sell before they can buy in order to fulfil Financial Fair Play regulations are said to no longer be interested in the player. Don Balon, one of those ‘unreliable’ news sites in Spain suggested AC Milan’s bid was accepted by Real Madrid but the move rejected by the player, which could be something or nothing.

The report in Spain also said that Manchester United retained an interest in the player but had not yet submitted an offer for the player, which would have to be in the region of €60 million in order to be accepted such as the apparent bid from AC Milan. Based on the sources of this story, I don’t feel that there is much here other than speculation. The Sun have been known to make some reported more exciting, especially during this time of the year where there will be many reports linking players to club especially Manchester United as it attracts so much attention. Perhaps United are interested in the player but do not see him as the main target this summer, seemingly trying to get that transfer in the bag.

The likelihood is that business will commence soon with United already signing Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and other positions left to strengthen before players are allowed to leave the Theatre of Dreams, whether permanently or on a loan spell for part of or the entirety of the 2017/18 season.

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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