Former Manchester United target James Rodriguez is reportedly unhappy in Monaco and wants to move on this summer.
That is the claim coming from Spain and Portugal this week, with the Colombian international reportedly seeking a move either to Italy or England.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola has picked up on reports from Fichejes.net which claim the 22-year-old is seeking a change just a year after moving to France from FC Porto.
During his time in Portugal, United were heavily linked with the player, and it was no surprise given his ability from the right wing. In fact, Sir Alex Ferguson was rumoured to be readying a big-money move on more than one occasion, only for the player to remain where he was.
He ultimately became part of Monaco’s swift summer business last year, but despite making 38 appearances last season, during which he scored 10 goals and provided 14 assists, it seems he could be set for the exit.
And if that proves to be true, United should move fast to ensure he does not become the one that got away for a second time.
Louis van Gaal’s side need new wingers and few are more dynamic and talented than Rodriguez. Given that he has a contract in France until the summer of 2018, he will not come cheap. And for now the story remains a rumour. But if he really is seeking a move United should do all they can to sign him.
They have also been linked with Alexis Sanchez and in truth he would be the better option. But if that move does not materialise, the Monaco man would be an outstanding back-up.
With Antonio Valencia failing to replicate the form he showed in his early seasons at United, and with Nani constantly tipped with the exit and just as regularly flattering to deceive, van Gaal needs to make changes. And it seems one player who could be part of that transformation may just be open to a move.