Jorge Mendes has held talks with Manchester United over a move for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to a report.
James scored in a rare start for Real in last week’s Copa del Rey win over Sevilla and aftewards ruled out any move away from the La Liga giants.
“Everyone in the team wants to play all the time and we all go through bad moments but now a new year has begun for me and I’m staying, I’m staying at Madrid,” Rodriguez told reporters after the game.
“I just want to play well when I have the chance and be able to do good things like I did today and help the team by scoring goals.”
Secretly though the 25-year-old is keen to leave after falling out with Zinedine Zidane after admitting earlier in the campaign that he could leave the Bernabeu.
“I can’t guarantee if I’m going to stay here. I’ve had offers and I have seven days to think about it. I’m happy at Real Madrid but I want to play more,” said Rodriguez after the Club World Cup win last month.
And the Sunday Mirror now claims he has made a “come and get me” plea to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
That may well be stretching the truth, but the report suggests that Mendes, who is the agent of James and Mourinho, has been in touch with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about facilitating a move for the Colombian, if Mourinho gives it the green light.
Mourinho has not signalled that intention yet but if he were to lose Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Memphis Depay in January then things may look different at Old Trafford.
PSG are also keen on a deal for James, who was a second-half sub in last night’s 5-0 win over Granada, but the player is believed to prefer at move to United.