James Rodriguez looks set for a move to Manchester United at the end of the season – and that could be extremely exciting news for fantasy football managers.
According to reports in Colombia overnight the deal is moving ever closer after the playmaker’s regression under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid in recent seasons.
The Colombian has become a squad player and one of the stars of Madrid’s famed ‘B team’ as opposed to a regular starter.
Los Blancos’ No.10 has hinted regularly he would prefer first team football at a big club — but preferably one in the Champions League.
And radio station, Caracol, insist confirmation of a move to Old Trafford will be announced on Sunday after the last La Liga game of the season.
And Spanish football expert Guiellem Balague appeared to corroborate the reports by tweeting the news this morning:
The 25-year-old was the fourth most-expensive player in football history when Real Madrid paid Monaco £63million for his services in 2014.
What could this mean for your fantasy football team?
Could Rodriguez be the first big new name on Dream Team next season?
The Colombian is a global superstar after rising to prominence at the 2014 World Cup and, despite falling down the pecking order a bit in Madrid, remains a player of world class pedigree.
Rodriguez has made just 13 starts in La Liga this season but has notched an impressive eight goals and six assists, adding a further three strikes in the Copa del Rey too.
And WhoScored, the providers for Dream Team’s rating system, have the 25-year-old at an overall rating of 7.21 in all competitions this season.
To put that in some context, Rodriguez is rated higher than the likes of Isco (7.21), Luka Modric (7.19) and Marcelo (7.19) who are all regular starters this season.
He remains one of the finest playmakers on the planet and given the likes of Eden Hazard – the highest rated Premier League player on WhoScored – and Christian Eriksen were initially valued around £6.5m on the Dream Team game this season, we’d estimate he’d be in the same ball park.