Catalan based newspaper Mundo Deportivo have suggested Manchester United have a glimmer of hope if they want to sign James Rodriguez from Monaco.
While Barcelona and Real Madrid have been tipped to make moves for him this summer, MD has suggested that a deal is unlikely until the end of the coming season.
“Barca president Josep Bartomeu would have made an offer to Monaco for the transfer of the player in the summer of 2015 and have put a proposal on the table,” reports MD.
“James made it clear last week that in principle, he wants to stay at Monaco.”
Should Louis van Gaal now want Manchester United to track the Colombian star, they’ll have a much better chance of signing him at the end of next season than they do right now.
United’s brand new Adidas kit deal will be in full swing, creating extra funds for the club, which they’ll need as MD suggests the proposal mentioned above is thought to be around the €90 million mark.
The reason for the delay on Barcelona’s part is likely to do with their deal for Luis Suarez from Liverpool, which is valued at around £75 million.
As big a club as Barcelona are, it’s a big ask for them to complete two similarly expensive deals in the same summer.
United will also be able to boast any success they manage to achieve in the coming season.
One of the stumbling blocks for United going after any deal this summer is the fact the club is not in the Champions League.
If van Gaal can manage to guide United to at least a top four finish by the end of the Premier League campaign, the club will be a hard proposition for any player to turn down because of the available European football.
Rodriguez would be a cracking addition to the United squad if they could pull it off and they arguably have a much better chance of doing so next summer.