Real Madrid set to give away long-term Manchester United target

Manchester United have been linked with Real Madrid’s forgotten man James Rodriguez since his inspired World Cup in 2014. However, things have never quite materialised though with the Colombian attacker opting against a move to the Premier League. That could all be set to change though.

Rodriguez, 28, burst onto the scene during what was a stand-out World Cup campaign in 2014. The attacking midfielder scored arguably one of the greatest World Cup goals ever against Luis Suarez’s Uruguay.

The Colombian was tipped to reach the very top after his stunning summer in 2014, but things never quite went to plan with the midfielder opting to join Real Madrid over transfer contenders Manchester United.

Life in the Spanish capital hasn’t been plain sailing for the talented Colombian though, with manager Zinedine Zidane opting against using Rodriguez in recent seasons. Rodriguez has only featured in eight La Liga games for Zidane’s Madrid this season, scoring once and setting another up.

Now Rodriguez’s time at Madrid looks certain to come to an end with suggestions that the Spanish giants are resigned to ‘giving him away’, according to Marca.

It is believed that Manchester United are among a list of English clubs interested in acquiring the cultured midfielder with Everton, Arsenal and Wolves also in the mix.

Rodriguez who appeared on United legend Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel The Locker Room addressed his future and the possibility of playing in England, saying: “Well, I’m almost 30 years old, it’s [my career] a little shorter now.

“I don’t know, football is uncertain now, football changes a lot, from one day to the next. But it’s a league that is worth playing and in a big team too.”

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