Rodriguez is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Europe, with the Colombian winger playing 24 times and scoring 12 goals to help Porto win the Primeira Liga title.
The 20-year-old fits the bill for Manchester United as they continue to invest in young talent, however the talented youngster’s proposed £25 million fee could be an issue for manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who is always keen to find value in the transfer market.
A solution to the problem may have been found, with United ready to offer Anderson back to his old club as part of a player-plus-cash deal, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The Brazilian midfielder has featured in just 11 games for Manchester United this season and has been out of action through injury since January as his career at Old Trafford continues to underwhelm.
Having cost £18 million from Porto in 2007, United would have been hoping for a greater return on their investment, and are now willing to cut their losses with him in order to make the deal for Rodriguez happen, it is claimed.
Reports suggest he could leave the club at the end of the season regardless of his part in a move for Rodriguez.
The Manchester-based paper also reports that Ferguson has his eye on another young talent attracting interest from around Europe, Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa.
Ferguson has sent scouts to monitor the 23-year-old, who has told the Bundesliga champions he wants to play in England next season.