Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United: The Battle for James Rodriguez

Spurs have entered the race to sign James Rodriguez from under the noses of Manchester United.

If the hype and press reports are to be believed then James Rodriguez is on his way from Porto this summer, with the Premier League his most likely destination.

Tottenham are reportedly ready to tool up ahead of their Champions League campaign next season with a big money bid for a player United have been tracking for months.

Here is a look at who could have the edge...

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs have the added advantage of Andre Villas-Boas, a coach who has worked with Rodriguez in the past during his time as Porto manager. That means the pair already have a relationship which will help Spurs if they want to go after him.

Spurs should be in the Champions League next season. While United will be as well, it’s a new and exciting adventure for Spurs. Rodriguez will have the chance to be part of something as it grows and develops, which could substantially improve his profile around the world.

Spurs may sell Gareth Bale this summer which means they will have a huge cash surplus which they can use to pay Porto a fee and offer Rodriguez a very competitive personal package which will aid him as he adjusts to life in London.

Manchester United

In United Rodriguez has an established Champions League force, guaranteed to be seriously challenging for trophies on all fronts. The fee involved also means he’s likely to be relatively assured of first team football.

United arguably have a much better squad than Tottenham which may suit Rodriguez’s style of play better and give him a better chance of scoring a high volume of goals, which will help him settle into the side quickly.

United boast Sir Alex Ferguson, a manager who has reportedly been keeping an eye on Rodriguez for a long time. Therefore, he joins a club where he has been desired and followed, where he is genuinely wanted as a target.

Both clubs could afford this deal as they are both reportedly ready to offload key players this summer; Bale and Rooney. However, United probably have the edge if he does become officially available.

How do you see this battle panning out?

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