Undeniably, even before the emergence of Jose Mourinho as Manchester United boss, United have been interested in signing James Rodriguez and reports has now suggest that the Red Devils have a real chance of signing him now.
There were reports making the rounds yesterday which claimed that the Colombiam ace wants to leave Real Madrid and signing for United in this winter transfer window.
It’s difficult to find a regular playing time with Real as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are on fire. James has been a bench warmer under the management of Zidane and currently according to the Star, he earns around £170,000-a-week ($208,000-a-week).
As per our link provided above, Jorge Mendes is already in talks to complete James’ Old Trafford move. The question is, after completing his move, how will he line up in the Man United starting XI?
Manager Jose Mourinho has got a lot of options in his attacking midfield with stars like Mkhitaryan, Martial, Mata, Depay and Lingard around. Moreover, the likes of Rooney, Rashford and record signing Pogba are mainly utilized in attacking midfield as well.
Paul has been impressive in the No. 10 position for the Red Devils and he is free to move into the midfield as well. On the other hand, Mkhitaryan is arguably better than all other United playmakers and mainly starts on the right hand side of the attack under Mourinho.
Like Mkhitaryan, James is a versatile star who can play anywhere in the attack. Hence, we expect Rodriguez to partner Pogba and Henrikh in the attack behind Zlatan and play on the left hand side of the attack in Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
The odds on him joining United are shortening which you can place a bet on, as well as that, Punters will be lining up their free bets for Cheltenham.
United are close to signing Victor Lindelof (via Mirror) so he has been added in the lineup as well.