In Focus: Manchester United want James Rodriguez to replace Wayne Rooney

According to reports in The Independent, Manchester United have stepped up their bid to sign out-of-favour Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, who is rated at €70m (approximately £62m) this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite being on the verge of completing an initial £75m deal to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho hasn’t finished there when it comes to strengthening his side’s attacking options, and he wants to bring Rodriguez to Old Trafford.

The Independent says that the Portuguese boss is determined to make them more productive in front of goal than they were last season – they netted just 54 times in their 38 league games last term.

Mourinho previously had reservations about signing the Real outcast according to The Independent, but now he believes he can fill the hole left by Wayne Rooney’s imminent move back to Everton.

The report adds that Real boss Zinedine Zidane is keen to cash in on Rodriguez in order to help fund a move for Moncao’s Kylian Mbappe.

How did Rodriguez do last season?

The 25-year-old made just 33 appearances in all competitions for the La Liga winners, while the writing on the wall in terms of his Real future perhaps came when he was left out of the squad altogether for their Champions League final success against Juventus in Cardiff.

Despite being in and out of the side and starting a number of matches on the substitutes’ bench, the Colombian still scored 11 goals and provided a further 13 assists – far from shabby.

He has struggled to make the same impact that he did in his first season at the Bernabeu though, when he netted 17 times in all competitions.

Would he be a good signing for United?

Considering his age and the potential he clearly has, he certainly could be a very good signing for the Red Devils.

While he may have fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid, his statistics aren’t particularly bad considering and he could certainly bring some much-needed creativity and goalscoring threat to the United midfield.

With Rooney set to go and Ibrahimovic already gone, Mourinho will know that he needs players to fill the void if the club is to improve, and Rodriguez could help them do that.

However, he will want to negotiate on the asking price.

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