The 2014 World Cup would be fondly remembered for birthing so many stars of footballers and one name that readily comes to mind is James Rodriguez of Columbia and Real Madrid.
The skillful midfielder, who won the Man of the match award three times in four games, led his country to their first ever quarter final in the World Cup and eventually ended the mundial as the Golden Boot winner with six goals.
Rodriguez became the transfer target of most of the top European teams but it was Los Blancos were able to match his valuation at that time. The midfielder swapped Monaco for Madrid in the summer of 2015 for a whopping sum and instantly became a first team player.
Nonetheless, since the appointment of Zinedine Zidane last summer, the Columbian has seen his playing time reduced and he has now given an ultimatum to the President of Madrid Florentino Perez, in order to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the Express.
Rodriguez has only started in 13 La Liga games for Madrid this season, as players like Isco have earned more playing time. The report claims, he’s told his agent that Madrid must make him worth a deal for them and Zidane should be told by Perez to star him regularly.
Man United have keen on bolstering their squad in the summer and Rodriguez is a prime target for Jose Mourinho. The probable departure of Wayne Rooney will open up a space for United in the midfield and attack.
United will have to pay up to £60m to be able to sign the assist king but Mourinho is unwilling to meet his valuation the report claims.