Man U considering cut-price deal for Rodriguez


Manchester United are considering a move to sign Real Madrid Colombian midfield star James Rodriguez in a cut-price deal, The Sun reports.

Madrid signed Rodriguez, 28, for £71million after impressing at the 2014 World Cup, but could risk losing the playmaker for free unless they offload him this summer.

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Rodriguez current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season and he is unlikely to be offered a new deal by Zinedine Zidane after making just 13 appearances this term.

The unforeseen suspension of the football season has limited revenue for clubs, and the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis could force even the wealthiest teams to balance the books.

Rodriguez spent the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, producing 15 goals and 20 assists in 67 matches.

He also won the German Super Cup, two German Cups and two Bundesliga titles in two seasons at the Allianz Arena.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been a long-time admirer of Rodriguez, but the Red Devils may be forced to search for alternative attacking options if Madrid are unable to sell their No 16 at a discount price.

The club recorded a pre-tax loss of £28.55million between 1 January and 31 March, compared with a £11.117m pre-tax profit in the same period last year.

Taking those figures into account, United will plan to be more frugal when the window opens and may look to offload players on the fringes of the first team.


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