Earlier this week it was reported by Catalan newspaper Sport that Zinedine Zidane was already losing patience with James Rodriguez - less than two weeks after he was appointed head coach of Real Madrid.
The report claimed Zidane is tired of the Colombia international’s poor attitude and feels he might be fighting a losing battle with the world-class playmaker, hence why he selected Isco instead for last weekend’s 5-0 win over Deportivo.
But despite reports of James’s unprofessionalism and lack of focus, this has not deterred Manchester United from considering the prospect of adding him to their ranks.
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The Sun claim the Red Devils are lining up an ambitious ‘record-breaking bid’ for the Colombian, who is unquestionably one of the most talented No. 10s in world football.
United paid £59.7 million to bring Angel di Maria from Real Madrid to Old Trafford back in the summer of 2014 but would need to pay even more to sign James, who cost Los Blancos £63 million after the 2014 World Cup finals.
Real Madrid unlikely to sell after transfer ban
However, it seems unlikely that Real Madrid will consider any offer - despite the player’s questionable recent behaviour - after they were hit with a transfer ban by FIFA earlier this week.
The Spanish giants hope an appeal will be successful, but if it isn’t they will be unable to register any new players - after this transfer window - until the summer of 2017.
Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward once again, it seems, may have set his sights too high.
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