United scouts flew over to Porto last Saturday to scout Colombian young talent James Rodriguez, as the Premier League leaders are weighing up a move for the winger.

The only issue holding back the Red Devils could be the price of the transfer, as the club star-spotters were told Rodriguez’s release clause has been lifted from £24 to £36 million, according to the Daily Mail.

The 21year-old attacking midfielder is one of the biggest prospects of Colombian football, having already featured 10 caps with the senior national team and playing a main role with the Portuguese Liga Sagres leaders.

Known by the Porto fans as El Bandido (The Bandit), his speed, dribbling skills and ability for set pieces have made him also gain the nickname of ‘South American Ronaldo’, in comparison with Real Madrid ace.

Rodriguez can play in both wings (although he is left-footed) or as a second striker. Signed by Porto in 2010 in a £4.4 million transfer, has contributed to the Dragons’ attacking duties with 28 goals in 91 games during the last three seasons.

The young player could be a suitable replacement for United’s winger Nani if the Portuguese leaves in the summer after being notified his contract will not be improved.

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