United 'weigh up a cut-price move for Madrid outcast James Rodriguez'

Manchester United ‘weigh up a cut-price move for Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez’ with Spanish giants looking to offload the Colombia star

  • Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing James Rodriguez
  • The Real Madrid outcast’s contract expires in 2021 and United could capitalise
  • United are looking for cost effective ways to strengthen squad after pandemic
  • James made just 13 appearances in 2019-20, five of which came from the bench 

Manchester United are considering a move to sign Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez in a cut-price deal, according to The Sun. 

Los Blancos signed the Colombian for £71million after a stunning World Cup campaign in 2014, but could risk losing the playmaker for free unless they offload him this summer. 

The 28-year-old’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season and he is unlikely to be offered a new deal by Zinedine Zidane after making just 13 appearances this term.

Manchester United are reportedly looking to strike a bargain deal to sign James Rodriguez

The unforeseen suspension of the football season has limited revenue for clubs, and the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis could force even the wealthiest teams to balance the books. 

Rodriguez spent the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, producing 15 goals and 20 assists in 67 matches. 

He also won the German Super Cup, two German Cups and two Bundesliga titles in two seasons at the Allianz Arena. 

Rodriguez (L) returns to training with Eden Hazard at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been a long-time admirer of Rodriguez, but the Red Devils may be forced to search for alternative attacking options if Madrid are unable to sell their No 16 at a discount price. 

The club recorded a pre-tax loss of £28.55million between 1 January and 31 March, compared with a £11.117m pre-tax profit in the same period last year. 

Taking those figures into account, United will plan to be more frugal when the window opens and may look to offload players on the fringes of the first team.

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