Colombia winger James Rodriguez has put Manchester United and Tottenham on red alert after it was revealed that he wants to leave AS Monaco. The 22-year-old is not keen on the idea of playing under Claudio Ranieri’s replacement Leonardo Jardim and now wants to test himself in either Italy or England.
Monaco paid £35 million to secure the 22-year-old’s services from FC Porto last summer - and are determined to keep the South American at the club ahead of their return to the Champions League next season. Rodriguez scored 10 goals and provided 12 assists in his debut campaign at the Principality club but appears to have had enough already.
This is according to the Express, who believe Manchester United and Tottenham will renew their interest in the classy winger after initially pursuing him before he moved to France last summer. However, Rodriguez’s £25 million asking price has now fluctuated thanks to his impressive debut campaign in Ligue 1, while a good showing at this summer’s World Cup finals could send his value soaring well over the £35 million Monaco paid 12 months ago.
Rodriguez will be Colombia’s star man in Brazil after striker Radamel Falcao failed to recover from injury in time for the showpiece international tournament - and the likes of United and Spurs are expected to be playing close attention to his performances.
Manchester United have the funds available to finance the biggest offer. Louis van Gaal, who replaced the sacked David Moyes last month, has up to £220 million to spend in the current transfer window and may decide to part with a portion of that figure in order to sign the gifted Rodriguez, who is on course to become one of the world’s best wingers.