James Rodriguez will sign for Manchester United if they reach the Champions League – report

by Leo Nieboer

James Rodriguez will join Manchester United over the summer – but only if they secure Champions League football for next season, according to reports.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague recently confirmed that Man United were leading the race to sign the Columbian during the transfer window.

Other reports have suggested that Real Madrid were willing to offer Rodriguez to Jose Mourinho as part of a swap deal for David de Gea.

But according to Don Balon, the 25-year-old will only consider a move to Old Trafford if United secure a place in next season’s Champions League – or, in other words, beat Ajax in Stockholm on May 24.

It’s not as if United need any further incentive to win the Europa League – their season and future will be strongly dictated by the outcome – but the prospect of potentially signing Rodriguez only adds further importance to what will be a make or break clash with Peter Bosz’s men.

Mourinho will know that, heading into the 2017/18 campaign, his attacking midfield will need to produce much more in front of goal. The likes of Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata have simply not done enough. And Rodriguez, you sense, would serve as a perfect amendment to this ongoing problem.

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