Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez has had a tough time this season as the Colombian has become an increasingly marginalized player under Zinedine Zidane. Ever since Zidane became Madrid manager for the 2015-16 season, he has seen his playing time cut down from a high of 46 games in 2014-15 to only making 15 starts so far this season. As a result, Rodriguez has been linked to many of Europe’s top sides with a move almost guaranteed this summer.
According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon via the Express, Rodriguez has professed that he wants to make a move to Manchester United. The Colombian and United manager Jose Mourinho are both represented by Jorge Mendes, something that could help push the move through. With veterans Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic facing uncertain futures at the club, Rodriguez would be a strong addition to a squad that could be playing Champions League football next season.
United is not the only Premier League side showing interest in Rodriguez as Chelsea are also said to have very strong interest in signing him. Also, Arsenal and Liverpool have expressed interest, with both clubs in need of more attacking options. The Gunners do have a familial link to draw on as goalkeeper David Ospina is Rodriguez’s brother in law. Rodriguez has also been scouted by other European giants such as Juventus and Bayern Munich.
Signed for £63 million from Monaco after his stellar 2014 World Cup performance, Rodriguez has had mixed results at Real. In his first season, he scored a career-high 17 goals along with 13 assists although his goalscoring numbers fell in the second season. Now, he has become a part-time player as Zidane prefers to play the front three of Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo whenever possible. With fellow bench player Isco signing a new contract with the club, it all but guarantees that Rodriguez will be playing elsewhere next season