It’s certainly been an exciting few months at Manchester United, and that’s bound to continue during the summer months.
Jose Mourinho’s arrival means the club is likely to spend big in the coming weeks as they attempt to get back to the top of English football.
While the Special One has already splashed £30 million on defender Eric Bailly, it’s highly unlikely that the Ivorian is going to be the only arrival at Old Trafford during this transfer window.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been heavily linked with a reunion with Mourinho after the pair spent one season together at Inter Milan, and that deal is likely to be completed imminently after Sweden crashed out of Euro 2016.
The Red Devils have also been linked with former midfielder Paul Pogba, although that deal seems unlikely given the club’s absence from Champions League football.
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However, one high-profile signing that United could be on the verge of completing is James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. That’s because the Mirror are reporting that Madrid have given Mourinho the green light to sign the Columbian this summer.
James struggled for regular first-team football last season, especially after Zinedine Zidane was appointed, and the report states that the winger will be allowed to join United in the coming months.
However, it’s believed that Mourinho would need to fork out £50 million if they want to sign the 24-year-old. James signed for the Bernabeu club in the summer of 2014 - after impressing at the World Cup - for £65 million but has failed to pay back that hefty transfer fee in his performances.
It’s been reported that he has put his house in the Spanish capital up for sale and is keen to move to England.
One thing that makes the deal more likely is the fact that Rodriguez shares the same agent as Mourinho - Jorge Mendes.
After the triumphant Champions League final - which James played no part in - the winger hinted that he wanted to stay at Los Blancos despite struggling to play regularly.
"You never know in football but I want to stay here and my idea is to be here for many more years,” he said.
“I think I need to look forward. I’m happy here. All my people are happy. This is the ideal club and I want to be here.”
But whether he wants to stay or not, the club appear to have made up their mind and want to sell their player.
The ball is now in Mourinho’s court. James is available and time will tell whether the Portuguese wants to sign the Columbian this summer.
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