From Spain: James Rodriguez agrees personal terms with Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Real Madrid outcast has agreed personal terms with Manchester United ahead of a deal worth €70m, according to reports from Spain.

The Columbian, who considered a move away from the Bernabeu last January, will leave Madrid this summer following another season on the periphery under Zinedine Zidane.

Recent reports have claimed that, amid offers from Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea, Rodriguez has identified Old Trafford as his preferred next destination.

And according to Spanish outlet Diaro Gol, the 25-year-old has agreed personal terms with Jose Mourinho ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

No transfer is an isolated event; any move to another club will, by necessity, produce epiphenomenal ramifications down the line, and one taking note of in the case of Rodriguez is what his arrival will also have to precipitate the departure of Wayne Rooney due to Adidas’ requirements that the Columbian wears the No.10 shirt (they could, of course, just give Rooney a different shirt number, but that would be a perhaps to obvious middle finger to the skipper’s face, I think).

Mourinho, in his search for a wide man this summer, has notably placed more emphasis on securing the services of Ivan Perisic, but with Inter Milan refusing to budge on their €50m valuation the Portuguese may have turned to Madrid – clearly keen to offload Rodriguez – instead.

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