James Rodriguez appears to be inching closer towards a United move, as the club are preparing for an official announcement, according to latest Daily Mail. However, this announcement will not come until after the Champions League final in order to avoid any distractions for Real Madrid. The Spanish club will be up against Juventus in the final of the competition. Rodriguez has played a bit part role at Real Madrid, but he has the chance to create history with the Spanish club as they are just one game away from becoming the first club to retain the Champions League title in almost three decades.
Since moving to the Spanish club in the summer of 2014, Rodriguez has already managed to lift the Champions League once. However, this is his single major honour at the club if the likes of the FIFA Club World Cup are not taken into account. But he has struggled for a regular first-team place in the Madrid set up throughout his time there. This status has especially worsened under the regime of Zinedine Zidane, who has largely been using the player as a bit part name in the first team.
As a result, Rodriguez is widely linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer. It appears that he has chosen Old Trafford, largely because Manchester United have been much more serious in his pursuit.
After having considered various options, the Manchester United officials seem to have settled upon Rodriguez due to a combination of factors. As Rodriguez is not desired at his club Real Madrid, Manchester United may be able to get away with a slightly lower transfer figure, which is understood to be in the region of £65million.
Rodriguez has produced whenever he has been called up for the first team. He has managed to make 32 appearances, with only 20 of them from the start, while managing to score 11 goals and creating 13 for his teammates. He was brought to the Spanish capital for around £71million, but Madrid would be more than happy to generate £65million from his sale considering that he has played relatively little football in the last three years.
Rodriguez appears to have played his last match at the Santiago Bernabeu as a Real Madrid player, when he was substituted after 60 minutes in the 4-1 win over Sevilla.