Man Utd 'keeping an eye on James Rodriguez's situation at Real Madrid'
Manchester United ‘keeping an eye on James Rodriguez’s situation and could take Real Madrid playmaker in a swap deal for Paul Pogba’
- James Rodriguez looks set to leave this summer with his contract ending in 2021
- Man United could bring in the Colombian, with Paul Pogba moving the other way
- Everton are also interested in Rodriguez, who has struggled for minutes this year
- Madrid are keen to offload him and the Premier League is a likely destination
James Rodriguez could be used as a makeweight in any deal luring Paul Pogba to Real Madrid, with Manchester United reportedly keeping an eye on the Colombian’s situation.
Signed after a string of impressive performances at the 2014 World Cup, Rodriguez moved to Madrid from Monaco for £63m but has failed to live up to his billing in his five-and-a-half years at the club.
He spent two years on loan at Bayern Munich and after failing to break into Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI this season, he looks set to have options this summer in the Premier League or Serie A, according to Spanish outlet AS.
James Rodriguez looks set to leave Real Madrid this summer and could move to Man United
Paul Pogba could move in the other direction with Zinedine Zidane keen on the Frenchman
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The report details that United are interested in Rodriguez as they look to improve their strength in depth in midfield.
In fact with Zidane keen on signing Frenchman Pogba, who has played just twice since September, Rodriguez could be used as part of any deal.
Everton are United’s main rivals for the acquisition of Rodriguez, with Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti signing the Colombian at Madrid in 2014.
With his contract expiring next summer, Madrid are looking to cash in and Rodriguez himself would be keen on a reunion with Ancelotti at Goodison Park, according to Spanish outlet Marca.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti worked with Rodriguez for one season at the Bernabeu
Ancelotti was reportedly keen on signing Rodriguez when he was Napoli coach earlier this season.
Last summer, when a move away was also rumoured, Rodriguez reportedly opted against a move to the Premier League.
Juventus are also keeping tabs on the 28-year-old, who shares the same agent as Cristiano Ronaldo in Jorge Mendes while Napoli have also not completely dropped their interest from last year.
Rodriguez has not nailed down a regular first-team spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side this season
Rodriguez has made just 13 appearances for Madrid in all competitions this season, scoring just once, in October.
He missed two months at the back end of 2019 due to a knee injury picked up on international duty and he was also sidelined with a hip problem for a short period.
His contract is up in June 2021 and he is therefore keen to leave the club this summer having been unable to establish himself in Zidane’s second stint in charge.
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