Manchester United appear to have missed out on James Rodriguez after transfer rivals Real Madrid started stocking shirts with the player’s name on in their club shop.
A picture that first appeared on Twitter has spread across the internet at a rate of knots, with The Daily Express claiming that the Spanish giants may have accidentally confirmed the signing of the Colombian international.
World Cup revelation
Rodriguez was a revelation at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, winning the Golden Boot and helping his country to the quarter-finals. It led to speculation over a move away from AS Monaco, with some of Europe’s biggest clubs keen.
One of those was Manchester United, with the same report claiming new boss Louis van Gaal was readying an incredible £63million offer for the player. That would have smashed the club’s current record transfer fee.
Van Gaal has been tasked with bringing the glory days back to the Red Devils following a season of failure after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. He has already made his mark at Old Trafford with the additions of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.
Statement of intent
The signing of Rodriguez would have been a massive statement of intent from the former Premier League champions, but it now looks like Manchester United will have to look elsewhere in the remainder of the window.
That’s because the picture, whilst certainly not conclusive evidence, would suggest that a move to the Santiago Bernabeu is imminent.
La Liga battle
With Barcelona securing the services of Luis Suarez already this summer, it’s no surprise to Los Blancos looking to make their mark in the window, and Carlo Ancelotti may have one of the game’s rising stars to fit into his side next season alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.