World Cup star
Rodriguez has been in stunning form in Brazil and, at present, is the leading contender to be named the best player at the 2014 World Cup. The 22-year-old sits at the summit of the goalscoring charts with five strikes, while he has also contributed to assists on Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals.
His performances have led to inevitable links with a transfer to a club of greater standing once he has completed his international duties, and Monaco are likely to have to fend off interest from numerous potential suitors.
Manchester United and Tottenham have both been credited with interest in the 22-year-old attacker, but he has a more burning desire to move to La Liga. And when asked which Clasico club in particular he aspires to move to, Rodriguez went for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United?
He said after scoring both goals in the last 16 defeat of Uruguay: “I prefer Real Madrid to Barcelona.”
Although Madrid appear to now be the frontrunners for Rodriguez, Manchester United continue to be linked with a pursuit for the player. He has been rated at £35 million, so it would take a sizeable bid for Louis van Gaal to bring him to Old Trafford.
Manchester United have already spent over £60 million on the acquisitions of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, but a deal for Rodriguez could be one worth pursuing, with Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez rating the Colombian alongside the game’s elite players.
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Same level as Lionel Messi
"For me, talents are those who do things that have nothing to do with their life experience," Tabarez said.
"Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez - they do things because they have a certain gift which makes them special."