Wednesday 20 September 2017

Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils plan to challenge Chelsea in tussle for James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez has signed for Bayern Munich
James Rodriguez has signed for Bayern Munich
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

As a result of their upturn in results and performances, there are no longer stories of Jose Mourinho planning a dramatic overhaul or ruthless cull of this Manchester United squad.

One player who does look set to leave however, is out of favour midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin who has struggled to nail down a place in the United first XI since his move from Southampton in the summer of 2015.

The Telegraph reported last night that Everton have seen a £19 milllion bid rejected as Ronald Koeman plans a reunion with one of his former charges.

According to The Sun, James Rodriguez is being lined up as another offensive addition despite the plethora of attacking options at Mourinho's disposal.

They say United will not allow Chelsea a free run at signing the Real Madrid attacker who is widely acknowledged as one of the biggest talents in European football.

Conveniently enough the 25-year-old shares an agent with Mourinho, Jorge Mendes, who has been involved in several United transfers in recent years.

James would cost close to £50 million and his arrival would surely mean at least one of Ashley Young, Memphis Depay, Jese Lingard or possibly even Wayne Rooney would be shown the door.

West Brom are the other Premier League side battling for Schneiderlin and Sky Sports suggest they will come back with a second bid for the France international.

Tony Pulis' has evolved West Brom's style a touch this season, with the likes of Matt Phillips and Nacer Chadli adding more technical ability to the side and Schneiderlin would be another step in this direction.

Whether or not the player views a move to the Hawthorns as too much of a step down from United remains to be seen - though it's worth pointing out that he would only be moving two places down the league table.

Elsewhere, Mourinho has requested that young goalkeeper Joel Pereira returns from his loan spell at Portuguese outfit Belenenses according to Portuguese publication O Jogo.

The United manager is satisfied with the amount of game he has got under his belt, but now wants him back at the club as third choice goalkeeper as three cup competitions kick in after Christmas.

Telegraph.co.uk

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