James Rodriguez has set his sights on joining Manchester United in January, while Chelsea could raid Old Trafford for Matteo Darmian, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
MANCHESTER UNITED FAVOURITES TO LAND £42M RODRIGUEZ
Manchester United are reportedly favourites to sign James Rodriguez after being told he will get little game-time at Real Madrid this season.
Rodriguez has just 34 minutes of La Liga action to his name this season after falling out of favour under manager Zinedine Zidane.
And according to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, he is ready to leave Real as early as this January.
Three Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham – are all said to be interested in a deal if the attacker is available.
Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are both also said to have registered an interest, with the 25-year-old’s ability apparently not in question away from the Bernabeu.
However, the Colombia international is said to have been convinced by his agent Jorge Mendes, who also manages Jose Mourinho among many others, that United would be the best option.
Madrid bought Rodriguez from Monaco back in 2014 in a deal worth more than £60million.
But Diario Gol claim Real would settle for a fee of around £42m for the Colombian star.
CHELSEA KEEN ON DEAL FOR DARMIAN
Chelsea are reportedly interested in ending Matteo Darmian’s struggles for first-team football at Manchester United with a bid for the player in January.
The Italian has yet to play under Jose Mourinho this season, with Antonio Valencia being preferred on the right side of defence.
And Italian outlet Calcio Mercato claim Chelsea are one of a number of clubs eyeing up a move for him.
Serie A sides Juventus and Napoli are also said to be interested in the 26-year-old’s services.
Darmian joined United in the summer of 2015 from Torino and made 28 Premier League appearances under Louis van Gaal last season.
He has 26 caps for his country and played under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte when he was in charge of the Azzurri.
Darmian is under contract until 2019 at Old Trafford.
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