Real Madrid superstar James Rodriguez reportedly prefers a move to Manchester United over Arsenal.
James Rodriguez has been having a turbulent time at the Santiago Bernabeu since the appointment of Zinedine Zidane at the managerial helm. The French legend has not taken too kindly to James Rodriguez’ work ethic and there have been reports that Zidane has tried to tell the Colombian to up his game and prove to him, through rigorous training, that he deserves a place in his first-team plans.
The Colombian, though, seems to have not been able to do so as he has featured for only 34 minutes in La Liga for Real Madrid in their 3 matches thus far and James seems to have fallen further down the pecking order with youngster Marco Asensio preferred over the attacking midfielder by Zidane.
The player looks set for a January exit from the club and there appears to be no dearth of choices for the 25-year-old as there are a host of top European clubs circling around the player for his signature. The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco are all rumoured to be interested in the player.
James, though, seems to have his heart set on a move to the Premier League and in a seemingly two-way tussle between Manchester United and Arsenal, the 25-year-old reportedly prefers a move to Old Trafford to play under former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.
Spanish publication Diario Gol claim that United have the edge over Arsenal and Tottenham as the Colombian seems to prefer the Red Devils over their Premier League counterparts. The report also added that the Colombian’s decision seems to be, in part, influenced by his agent, Jorge Mendes, who is also the agent of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United does have the financial stature to secure the player’s signature with Real Madrid reportedly valuing the player around the £71m mark as the Red Devils have recently announced a record-breaking revenue for the past financial year becoming the first Premier League club to record revenue greater than £500m.
It is still a long way to go before the transfer window re-opens and James may just be able to convince Zidane to hand him a more integral role in the first-team squad at Real Madrid. But, at this point of time, under the current circumstances, a January exit looks more likely than not for the Colombian superstar and Manchester United could just become the new home for the 25-year-old attacking midfielder.