£61.7m superstar wants massive Man United move this summer

Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez is eager to join Manchester United if he is forced out of Real Madrid this summer, according to reports from ESPN.

The Colombia international signed for Los Blancos in a staggering €80m (£61.7m) deal following the 2014 World Cup and was a big hit in the Spanish capital in his debut season.

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However, the playmaker’s fortunes in 2015/16 have been far less favourable, with managerial upheaval at the club having reduced his playing time – he featured on 26 occasions in La Liga (nine as a substitute).

Reports claim that he could be sacrificed this summer following Zinedine Zidane’s shift to a 4-3-3 set-up, and should he be moved on, Rodriguez favours Man United over other suitors.

Although the Red Devils are unlikely to have to pay the same figure Real stumped up two years ago, it’s probable that they’ll have to push close to the club record £59.7m spent on Angel di Maria.

However, Man United’s managerial situation may be a blocker, with Louis van Gaal’s future unclear amid links with Jose Mourinho.