Manchester United have had a £30 million bid for James Rodriguez rejected by Porto according to The Daily Mail.
The Red Devils are looking to rebuild and strengthen after losing their Premier League title to cross-town rivals Manchester City last term, and have already added Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell to their first-team squad.
One of the criticisms of the United side last season was a lack of penetration in midfield, and Sir Alex Ferguson is said to have upped his efforts to bring Colombia international Rodriguez to Old Trafford.
The Porto star has been a key man for the Portuguese club for a number of seasons, and has impressed in performances domestically and on the continent.
Rodriguez has the ability to play on either flank or up front, and this versatility has caught the eye of the legendary Scottish coach.
However, Porto are said to have knocked back a £30 million bid from the Premier League giants in a bid to keep the South American.
However, it is believed that Rodriguez has a release clause in his contract at around the £40 million mark, with United now having to consider upping their offer.
By Gareth McKnight