Man Utd hold James Rodriguez transfer talks with Jorge Mendes
Manchester United are in talks with Jorge Mendes over a potential deal for Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez. The 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner looks set to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season after a miserable campaign. He has been limited to 13 appearances in all competitions due to a combination of injuries and poor form.
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The next transfer window represents Real Madrid’s final opportunity to sell Rodriguez because his contract expires at the end of next season.
According to AS, Old Trafford officials have already held discussions with super agent Mendes over a potential deal.
A possible swap deal involving Paul Pogba, who looks set to quit the Red Devils, has been mooted.
Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is eager to bring Pogba to the Bernabeu after previous failed attempts.
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Despite a disappointing campaign, Rodriguez does not appear to be short of suitors.
AS claim Juventus are also in talks with Mendes while Everton are also interested.
Rodriguez sealed a £63million switch to the Bernabeu from Monaco in 2014 off the back of his World Cup performances for Colombia, which saw him make the Dream Team and win the Goal of the Tournament award.
The 28-year-old won eight major honours with the Spanish giants including Champions League titles before being shunted out on loan to Bayern Munich for two seasons in 2017.
He contributed to back-to-back Bundesliga successes but the German giants opted not to take up a permanent option so he returned to the Spanish capital.
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Carlos Valderrama, regarded as one of Colombia’s greatest ever players, has urged his compatriot to leave Real Madrid on a permanent basis.
“James is big enough to make his own decisions now,” Valderrama told Caracol Radio.
“If it was me, I’d be running away from Madrid.
“He’s good enough to play for any team. I wouldn’t doubt him for an instant.
“He’s a great player, he’s already proved it.
“He can start for any other team, he’s got the quality to play anywhere in the world.”
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