James Rodriguez Could Become Manchester United’s Latest Big Signing

Jorge Mendes is in talks with Manchester United over deals for three players with the Red Devils reportedly targeting Victor Lindelof, Jose Fonte and James Rodriguez.

The super-agent has strong ties with the Red Devils having brokered the deal that took Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid, and also represents manager Jose Mourinho and goalkeeper David de Gea.

Mendes is currently working behind the scenes to bring Benfica defender Victor Lindelof to Manchester United. The centre-back is believed to be close to a £38 million deal and could also be joined at the club by Southampton defender Fonte.

The 33-year-old Portuguese international has reportedly handed in a transfer request at the club and has already told fans, through Instagram, that the club have informed him they will not be offering him a huge deal.

Fonte has been a huge success at St Mary’s Stadium since joining the club from Crystal Palace in 2008 and has been linked with several top clubs, including United.

The Red Devils are believed to be willing to splash out £7 million on Fonte as they look to strengthen their defence.

Southampton look to have little option but to allow Fonte to leave – the defender is in the last 18 months of his contract and the club may well be better off cashing in on him now.

As well as the two defenders, Mendes is also in talks with Manchester United over a move for unsettled Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to the Daily Star.

The Colombian international is struggling for game time at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane and looks to have little future at the club.

The 25-year-old signed for Los Blancos in 2014 from Monaco in a massive £75m deal but despite a fine first season he has failed to become a regular at the Bernabeu.

Although Real Madrid are unlikely to allow him to leave in January, with the club still operating under a Fifa transfer ban, he looks set to depart in the summer, when the club will be allowed to buy players again.

Chelsea have been rumoured to be interested in James, but United now appear to be favourites although they will have to spend big yet again to land the Colombian who could cost at least £60m.