Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur need to act quickly if they want to sign Monaco’s James Rodriguez with Napoli possibly lining up a move for the 22-year-old, according to the Daily Express.
The Monaco midfielder is currently featuring for Colombia in Brazil, leading his nation to finish top of their group which featured tricky opponents in Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece, who also joined the South Americans in the last 16.
Rodriguez has easily been Colombia’s best player, especially with the withdrawal of Radamel Falcao just before the start of the tournament. The youngster has scored in all three of Colombia’s games and has four assists, picking up two against Japan on Tuesday after coming on at half time.
Rodriguez’s agent, Aytekin Erayabakan, has stated that he has been in contact with the Serie A club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis about a possible move to Italy. But the agent says that there are other clubs who have inquired about signing one of the brightest young players in world football. It is believed that several clubs are said to be interested including Barcelona as well as the Premier League’s Manchester United and Tottenham.
How much the Colombian would cost is unknown after he moved to Monaco last summer in a massive deal reportedly worth €45 million moving from Portuguese champions Porto. He became the second most expensive transfer in Portuguese football behind the Brazilian international, Hulk, who moved to Russia. It was also the most expensive transfer in the history of Ligue 1. Despite Monaco failing to win the league, they qualified for the Champions League and Rodriguez finished the season with the most number of assists in the league, setting up his teammates 11 times whilst scoring nine himself.
Any possible transfer fee would probably be equal or higher than what Monaco paid last year. His impressive performances in Brazil will only increase his value, potentially pushing it towards the €60 million mark.
A move to Manchester United would be welcomed by the fans after last season’s horror show in the transfer window, but with an unknown transfer budget and a defence that needs at least two new additions, a move for Rodriguez may not be the number one priority for Van Gaal when he takes over.The lack of Champions League football may work against them though.
Tottenham will be looking to spend as little as possible this year after several big name signings flopped after moving to London. Unlikely to offer wages to the star that could match what he gets in France and already have several players who can play in the same position, just not as well as the Colombian.
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