Why Manchester United want James Rodriguez (Video)

Like every up and coming player linked with a big money move to a European powerhouse, it really is now surprise to see FC Porto’s James Rodriguez linked with a move to Manchester United. The winger has been mooted with a possible switch to Old Trafford after a series of superb displays for the Portuguese outfit.

He is the latest player to come off the Columbian carousal of talent, following in the footsteps of Radamel Falcao, Freddy Guarin and Porto teammate Jackson Rodriguez. Interest is undoubtedly high in the 21-year-old, who already has four goals in eight games for the Portistas.

However, it’s United who lead the race for Rodriguez, who are keen to keep hold of him, evident through the reports that Porto want to boost his minimum fee release clause from £25m to £38m.

United, on the other hand, are reportedly set to spend big in order to secure his signature. With speculation linking Nani with a January exit, Juventus, AC Milan and Zenit St. Petersburg all thought to be keen; Rodriguez would be an ideal replacement for the Portugal international.

If the 12-time Premier League champions are to firm up their interest in the youngster, it will be a major sign of intent for United, who are keen to usurp rivals Manchester City as England’s top team.

Furthermore, his displays have showcased his immense capability to net from the wing, while contributing numerous assists for his teammates, a trait that Nani shows, but far too inconsistently. Even if United do need to break their current transfer record, set at £30.75m, it will be worth it for a player of Rodriguez’s immense talent and potential to just get better.