Every summer, Manchester United get embroiled in at least one transfer rumour that will not go away, no matter how hard you try to ignore it. Sometimes, they can be positive; just think of the incredible level of coverage that Paul Pogba’s protracted transfer received from a tonne of media outlets this summer. They drip-fed news of the deal seemingly as it happened, focussing on every minute detail.
Other times, of course, we get sagas like Sergio Ramos last season, with the player ( and this is a guess ) leaking to Madrid newspapers and Spanish-speaking journalists that he wanted to leave Real for Old Trafford before eventually signing a new contract. In my opinion, it is safe to assume that it was pretty much what he wanted all along.
Other times, you’ll get rumours for players like Nico Gaitan or Ezequiel Garay that are just pure fantasy, driven by agents to generate interest or papers to generate sales. James Rodriguez to Manchester United fits into this last category.
Sport Witness reported yesterday that Marca have suggested that Rodriguez is leaving Madrid in their Tuesday edition, with the suggestion being that the Colombian international is being pushed out of the Bernabeu, and that United are a possibility as his next port of call:
“There’s several factors making Real Madrid edge toward a sale. The player’s attitude, his form, and others merging at the club have all combined to present the possibility of a sale.
The big problem is Real Madrid finding a buyer, especially given that Marca say they want to recoup €75m. That’s a little cheeky, given the concerns over James and whether he can again hit the highest heights again.
As it stands there doesn’t appear to be a great deal of genuine interest in the 25 year old, and surely the only way Manchester United make a move is if agent Jorge Mendes manages to convince Jose Mourinho and Edward Woodward.”
From a United perspective, there’s nothing new or worthwhile to take from this news. Sport Witness state that the player’s attitude is a big issue at Real, something that will surely put Jose Mourinho off as he tries to build a more harmonious team spirit after the ruptures and unrest caused by Louis van Gaal.
Rodriguez wasn’t one of the 4 key transfer targets that Mourinho had in mind for this summer, for sure, and with the player’s form and mentality such an issue in the 2 years since he joined from AS Monaco, and United’s midfield and attack looking sufficiently healthy, there’s simply no reason for United to go for him.