Man United join the race to sign €35m-rated Colombia international

The Red Devils are considering a move for Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez in the summer but will face stiff competition from Juventus and Napoli, while Everton also want to tempt him to the Premier League.

Colombia international’s time at the Los Blancos appears to be at an end, with Real coach Zinedine Zidane happy to let him go and the club looking to cash in with his deal expiring in 2021.

Having spent the previous two campaigns on loan at Bayern Munich, James has been back in the La Liga giants this season but has played only four La Liga starts and three more appearances from the bench.

Real Madrid are still looking for nearly £35m for Rodriguez, and they may well get that amount given the interest in the former Porto and Monaco footballer. Pogba is widely expected to leave Man United this summer, with the Spanish club one of two likely destinations, along with Juventus.

With Los Blancos not wanting to meet Man United’s valuation of over £100m, the 28-year-old playmaker could facilitate that deal. However, there is stiff competition for his signature, with both Bianconeri and Napoli hoping to attract him to Italy.

Napoli tried to add the Colombian attacker last campaign on loan but failed, while at Old Lady, his former partner Cristiano Ronaldo is an attraction, especially as Rodriguez has the same agent Jorge Mendes. A wildcard in the James race is Everton, with Carlo Ancelotti hoping to pull off a huge coup for the Merseyside club.

Carlo Ancelotti was in charge of Real Madrid when James Rodriguez enjoyed his best campaign with the club 2014/15 scoring 17 goals in 46 matches across all tournaments.