Manchester United could make a move for James Rodriguez this summer if Paul Pogba leaves for Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.
Rodriguez returned to Madrid last summer after a two-year spell at Bayern Munich, but he has not been able to re-integrate himself at the Bernabeu and is now frozen out of Zinedine Zidane’s plans.
The Madrid coach would prefer to give Martin Odegaard a chance when he returns from a loan of his own at Real Sociedad, while they also remain one of the strongest contenders for the signature of Pogba.
That would reduce even further the amount of room for Rodriguez at the Bernabeu, and hence, the Colombian has been put on the market – with four clubs emerging as contenders.
A pair of Premier League clubs and a Serie A duo make up the interested parties, with Napoli and Juventus showing an interest from within Italy – and Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence could drive him to the latter.
However, it is suggested that Rodriguez could in fact finally move to England for the first time in his career by heading to Manchester United.
A threat is posed, however, by Everton, as Carlo Ancelotti is keen to reunite with the player he coached at Madrid in the 2014-15 season, signed on loan for Bayern Munich in 2017 and tried to take to Napoli last summer.
Despite Rodriguez’s drop in gametime, though, he is still said to be valued at around the €40m mark.
Rodriguez and Pogba have been linked with swapping positions at Madrid and United before – although the offer that was suggested last year fell way short of the Frenchman’s true value.