According to Antonio Casale, the editor in chief of RCN Radio from Colombia, James Rodriguez has reached a pre-agreement with Manchester United to play for the club next season. The Red Devils reportedly reached a verbal agreement with the Colombian superstar, and will now look to complete other factors to bring him to England in the summer.
James joined Real Madrid for €80 million three years ago after a break-out performance in the 2014 World Cup. He occupied the starting position in his debut season under Carlo Ancelotti, but has seen minutes hard to come by since the departure of the Italian. The 25-year-old has only made 20 league appearances this season, while playing just six games in the Champions League.
United have been long admirer of James, dating back to the summer of 2012 when the midfielder was still playing his trade at Porto and worth only £25 million. Jose Mourinho shares the same agent with James in Jorge Mendes, who can be vital to make this move take place smoothly.
However, even after reaching an agreement with the player, United will have to wait on Florentino Perez’s decision. The Madrid president has not decided on James’ future yet, with the Colombian slowly becoming vital in the latter part of the club’s season. The potential transfer would also depend on whether Wayne Rooney will be leaving Old Trafford or not, as Mourinho sees James as the replacement for United’s number 10.