Monaco need to resist bids for former Manchester United target

Real Madrid are looking at another blockbuster signing this summer, but Monaco need to resist all moves for James Rodriguez this summer.

At the start of the World Cup the only Monaco player people were talking about was Radamel Falcao. Now with the tournament almost at an end, the only player on everyone’s lips is the Colombian than Manchester United could have signed for £5 million only a few years ago.

Real Madrid are interested in making James Rodriguez their next Galactico, but it is imperative that AS Monaco hold onto their star player, if they don’t they can all but say goodbye to their status as Ligue 1 title contenders.

However, that is going to be hard, James is already showing googly eyes towards Los Blancos, and it doesn’t look good for the Monegasque side.

In today’s print edition of L’Equipe, James admits for his love of Real, naming Zinedine Zidane, Fernando Hierro and Roberto Carlos. “I began to love Real Madrid, it was the team of Galacticos. I am still a fan.”

Real Madrid are looking to offload Angel Di Maria for around €60 million. That would fuel the €75 million move for James Rodriguez.

If Monaco wants to compete in Ligue 1 this season against Paris Saint-Germain, they need to hold off against any Spanish advances, or any other team for that matter.

When Falcao struggled last season, James flourished. He finished the season with nine goals and 12 assists and looked fantastic in the process. Monaco’s tactics developed for trying to set up goals for Falcao to James running the show and bringing his teammates into play.

Monaco was much more together in the second half of the season. The signing of Dimitar Berbatov helped, but any good piece of play was down to the ability of James.

PSG finished nine points ahead of Monaco to regain their Ligue 1 title, this summer was meant to see the side from the Riviera develop further and strengthen the squad. With rumours of Falcao, now James leaving, it would not be a great indicator from Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev if he let two of his prize stars leave after one year.

James started his comments by saying that at Monaco he was part of a great sporting project. It is now up to James and his current club to keep the project going and build on his ability to take this team further.

If he wants the move to Real Madrid, there is very little chance it won’t be there again next summer, another season in Ligue 1 could help him become a Galactico before moving to Madrid.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch