Monday 26 September 2016

James Rodriguez in talks to make £59m move to Manchester United

Published 30/12/2015 | 08:44

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez
Real Madrid's James Rodriguez

Manchester United are in talks with Real Madrid star James Rodriguez as they try to persuade him to ditch the Spanish capital for the rain of north-west England.

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The Colombian has failed to light up the Bernabeu since moving there after the World Cup last year and Louis van Gaal has sensed the time is right to swoop, according to Fichajes.

Rodriguez would cost in the region of £59m and could see United as a fresh start after struggling to secure a starting spot at Madrid this season.

Meanwhile, United have emerged as favourites to sign AC Milan's 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, says Calcio Mercato.

Donnarumma only made his first team debut for the Serie A side at the end of October but has since kept three clean-sheets and Milan have only lost one league contest that he has played in.

Manchester City are also eager to sign the Italian youngster, but their red rivals are thought to be the favourites to lure him away from the San Siro to the Premier League.

United have one of the world's best goalkeepers in David De Gea, but the Spaniard has previously been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid and there is speculation that the Spanish side could resurrect their interest next summer.

Donnarumma could fit the bill as the man to replace De Gea between the Old Trafford sticks.

The Milan keeper is not the only teenager that United are interested in, with scouts identifying Everton's Joe Williams as someone they want Van Gaal to snap up, according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old has impressed for Everton's under-21 side this season and has been with the Merseyside club since the age of seven..

A number of top-flight clubs are interested in signing him, but Williams has 18 months on his current deal and Everton may look to extend it to fend off growing competition.

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