Manchester United have joined the race to sign Real Madrid striker James Rodriguez, 25.
As of yet, none of the suitors has matched Real Madrid’s €80m valuation with the French champions showing the strongest intent. West Ham are increasingly desperate to snare a big name signing before the season begins and with significant funds to invest, are a surprise contender for the Colombian.
Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane has doubts about the player’s commitment to the club with talk of an exit growing louder since January. That intensified after Rodriguez was an unused substitute during the club’s eleventh Champions League victory over neighbours Atletico Madrid.
He was a key member of the Colombia squad during this summer’s Copa America Centenario and hopes to use those performances as a platform to provoke a move away from the Bernabeu.
It’s a far cry from his triumphant arrival at Real. Joining from AS Monaco after a string of outstanding performances for his country during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, much was expected of Rodriguez at Real.
After a much-praised first season at the club, his performances have grown more inconsistent and the Colombian has become a familiar occupant of the Real bench.
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