Manchester United have reportedly offered Real Madrid £70million for James Rodriguez – £4m MORE than their asking price.
Rodriguez is believed to have agreed personal terms ahead of a potential move to Old Trafford.
Now, the Red Devils hope their generous bid will convince Real to offload the Colombian playmaker, according to Italian outlet Mediaset Premium.
Rodriguez is desperate for regular football in a bid to revive his career.
He has fallen down the pecking order at the Bernabeu and did not even make the bench for Los Blancos’ Champions League win in Cardiff.
That snub alerted United, Chelsea and AC Milan who have all since targeted the star of the 2014 World Cup.
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Jose Mourinho hopes Rodriguez’s creativity can help his goal-shy side find the back of the net.
But Real president Florentino Perez is playing hard-ball over the Colombian.
He said: “He [Rodriguez] is one of the best players in the world.
James Rodriguez factfile
- Born James David Rodriguez Rubio in July 1991, in Cucuta, Colombia.
- He played in the Colombian second division before moving to Argentinian side Banfield in 2008 where he was nicknamed James Bond
- In July 2010 James moved to Porto for £4.5million, with a £26million buy-out clause.
- A move to Manchester United in 2013 fell through when Porto asked for more money.
- The skillful midfielder joined Monaco for £40million, and scored 10 goals in 38 games in France.
- James shot to world fame at the 2014 World Cup when he won the Golden Boot thanks to six goals including a dazzling volley against Uruguay.
- Real Madrid snapped him up for £70million after the World Cup but he has failed to blossom at the Bernabeu.
- He is married to Daniela, a volleyball player who is also sister of Colombia team-mate and Arsenal keeper David Ospina.
“He belongs to Madrid and Madrid players do not leave when they want to or their parents wants them to.
“We have to match the interests of the players with ours, but mostly those of Madrid.”
Rodriguez is contracted to the La Liga champions until July 2020.