Real Madrid are said to be set to offer James Rodriguez to Manchester United in order to get a discount on the £60m price tag Manchester United have put on David de Gea.
Notorious Spanish rumourmongers Don Balon claim that Real boss Zinedine Zidane wants De Gea to replace current goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the summer, and club president Florentino Perez is reported to want the deal to be completed quickly in order to avoid another drawn out transfer saga.
Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the Colombian international, who has struggled for playing time at the Santiago Bernabeu and is apparently looking to leave the La Liga giants. Perez is fully aware that Jose Mourinho is interested in the 25-year-old’s services, and he is hoping to use that in order to sign De Gea, as a part exchange deal could suit both parties.
United are not willing to let de Gea leave for less than £60m, but Real believe that they will be able to get that asking price down if they offer Rodriguez in the deal. If Real were to pay £60m for United’s number one, they would be almost doubling the world record fee for a goalkeeper, eclipsing the £32m fee Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
United signed De Gea from Real’s city rivals Atletico for £18m in 2011, with the stopper going on to make 264 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils.
Rodriguez, who has scored 19 goals in 54 caps for Colombia, cost Real around €80m, becoming the most expensive Colombian in history – surpassing the €60m fee that Monaco payed Atletico for Radamel Falcao.
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