£36m ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’ plays down Manchester United transfer talk

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Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their potential pursuit of winger James Rodriguez.

The FC Porto star – dubbed the new Cristiano Ronaldo in sections of the British media – has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months, with Sir Alex Ferguson reported to have sent scouts to watch the player on a number of occasions.

However, Rodriguez is keeping his feet firmly on the ground at the Estadio do Dragao, and insists he’s 100% focused on life with his current club.

"For me the talk outside the club is not very important. I'm 100% focused on FC Porto, want to learn more and be able to do better every day. Like any young man, I want to learn as much as possible,” he told the press in reaction to the transfer rumours, according to DN Desporto.

Reports in The Daily Mail earlier this month claimed Manchester United must pay £36 million to land the player in the January transfer window, a 50% increase in the minimum fee release clause from when they previously enquired.

The 21-year-old Colombian international would be following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo if he left the Portuguese Primeira Liga for the English Premier League, with the ex-Manchester United superstar enjoying six years with the club following a move from Sporting Lisbon.

Nani made the same move in 2007, whilst Anderson left Porto for the Red Devils in the same year. Both are still part of the United first team squad under Ferguson.

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