James Rodriguez replacement in hot water - Bad news for Manchester United?

The behaviour of Porto's Brazilian teen Kelvin may not be in the best interests of the Premier League champions.

FC Porto have a pretty good track record when it comes to recruiting talent from abroad; in particular from South America.

That tradition has not faltered with two of their best players this season from one South American country in particular; Colombia.

Now it seems that Jackson Martinez and James Rodriguez could follow in the footsteps of Radamel Falcao and Fredy Guarin by moving on from Porto into a more competitive continental league; with Premier League clubs sure to be checking up on their respective talents.

Liverpool have previous interest with regards to Martinez while Spurs have also been mentioned along with Chelsea for the forward who has scored 33 goals in 38 appearances this season.

James Rodriguez on the other hand has been a long term target for Sir Alex Ferguson with this summer potentially the year he final makes the move for the talented 21-year-old.

With the dip in form of Antonio Valencia this year and the likely departure of the unsettled and out-of-form Nani bringing in a winger of Rodriguez’s promise and quality will certainly appeal to Fergie.

One reason why such hope is had over the potential departure of at least one of these players is the emergence of another South American talent at the club; Brazilian teenager Kelvin.

He burst on to the scene with a match-winning double against Braga last month and the former Parana attacking midfielder is now hoping to make himself a regular fixture in the attacking line-up of Vitor Pereira’s side.

However recent events have not given Porto much reason to place their faith in their young prodigy.

First of all came his displeasure at being asked to play for the ‘B’ team against Leixoes which lead one Portuguese pundit for A Bola to state that Kelvin had gone ‘from heaven to hell’ at the club.

This has now been followed up by an appearance in court due to driving offences. It appears the Brazilian did not have the sufficient license to be driving in Portugal and he now possibly faces a fine and potential community service for his traffic misdemeanour.

If United in particular were hoping the emergence of Kelvin might pave the way for the exit of Rodriguez it seems they might just be as disappointed as Porto fans are with their troubled protégé.

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