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In Focus: James Rodriguez would be a next-level signing for Man United

As reported by Spanish outlet Don Balon, Manchester United are hoping to sign James Rodriguez this summer and could be willing to give up one of their most valuable players to land their man.

What’s the story?

Rodriguez has found himself out of favour at Madrid under Zinedine Zidane, making just 8 La Liga starts so far this term. However, there are clubs ready to offer him the chance of regular first team football.

Don Balon reckon Manchester United are one such club, also reporting that the feeling is mutual, with Rodriguez hoping to play under Jose Mourinho next season.

To that end, the outlet reports his agent has asked Real Madrid President Florentino Perez to lower his asking price for the attacking midfielder.

Despite his high valuation, thought to be in the region of £50m, one path to landing the Colombian could be a willingness on United’s part to say goodbye to David De Gea, who Real Madrid want badly.

According to Don Balon, a part exchange deal in which the Spanish side offer cash and Rodriguez to sign the goalkeeper could be on the cards.

What Rodriguez offers

Despite his limited starts this season, the Colombian still delivers for Madrid whenever called upon. He has 6 goals and 8 assists so far this campaign with over half of those coming in his last 9 appearances.

The Colombian midfielder has a proven track record of contributing directly to goals at every club he’s played for. He’s reached double figures in combined goals and assists in every season stretching back 7 years.

That kind of attacking threat could bring Manchester United to the next level in terms of creativity, one thing they’ve arguably lacked most of all this season, drawing too many games in the Premier League to be considered title contenders.

Bringing in a definite cutting edge like James Rodriguez could be the difference between another mediocre season and a very successful one.

Article title: In Focus: James Rodriguez would be a next-level signing for Man United

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