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2014 World Cup star high on Mourinho’s list


NOT surprisingly, since Jose Mourinho was officially confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager, there have been a myriad of players linked with the Old Trafford outfit.

The Portuguese has targeted as many as seven new arrivals, with James Rodriguez high on his list of priorities, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.

The Daily Star adds: “The Colombian looks certain to leave the Bernabeu after falling out with the club’s hierarchy.

“Mourinho and Rodriguez share the same agent – Jorge Mendes – and he could play a big role at Old Trafford over the coming years.

“He has reportedly formulated a plan with Mourinho to end Rodriguez’s Real nightmare.”

Rodriguez, now 24, was seen as one of the best young players in the world after a dazzling 2014 World Cup, with Real Madrid splashing out £60m to sign him from Monaco.

But things never really worked out in Spain for the attacking midfielder from the start and he struggled to secure a regular place in the star-studded Real line-up.


However, despite seemingly not being a major part of boss Zinedine Zidane’s plans, the Spanish giants would still demand a sizeable fee for a player who has great technical skills and vision.

Added to that, his ability to create chances and find the back of the net himself make him an attractive proposition for a United side that are clearly lacking in that area.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, other targets on Mourinho’s wish-list include Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, along with central defenders Kostas Manolas (Roma), John Stones (Everton) and Zenit’s Ezequiel Garay (Zenit St Petersburg) and Rodriguez’s Real Madrid team-mate Raphael Varane.


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