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Man United Continue To Be Linked To Superstar, He’s A Questionable Recruit

Manchester United’s debut season under Jose Mourinho has seen the Red Devils fall well short of expectations in the Premier League and money is sure to be spent this summer in an attempt to improve the club’s fortunes.

James Rodriguez continues to be the name on everybody’s lips ahead of the summer transfer window, with the Colombian seemingly set to leave Real Madrid after a disappointing few seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu where he’s failed to show the sort of form that set the 2014 World Cup alight.

Earlier this month, Spanish media outlet Sport stated James has verbally agreed to move to Manchester United this summer and fresh reports continue to appear on a daily basis, intensifying the South American’s links with a lucrative move to the Premier League.

However, James Rodriguez would be a questionable recruit for Manchester United due to their wealth of depth in attack and the Red Devils continue to be linked to further attacking additions this summer- so it’s difficult to see where exactly the Colombian fits in.

The debate is likely to rumble on throughout the summer, with James Rodriguez’ future shaping up to be the transfer saga of the 2017 summer window, and we asked our team for their thoughts on the 25-year-old’s potential move.

Josh Challies (@Challies11)

I’ve been left scratching my head ever since James Rodriguez was first linked to Manchester United as I can’t see where he’d fit in- added to the fact the Red Devils would have to pay an audacious sum to secure his services and it’s difficult to justify that amount.

The Colombian has failed to build on his exceptional form at the World Cup three years ago and he continues to be living off his reputation in that tournament, having failed to establish himself as a first-team regular for Real Madrid.

At Manchester United, there’s a real danger he’d be in exactly the same boat regardless of whether Mourinho viewed him as a winger or an attacking midfielder, so it really seems like United would be spending money for the sake of it.

Shane Burns (@MediaShaneBurns)

James Rodriguez signing for Manchester United could be a game-changer regarding their title aspirations. The Colombian is highly marketable in South America and he certainly has the talent to up his potential marketability.

Whether or not signing for United is a possibility, Rodriguez would add proven quality and depth to a frail United side. A Mourinho player? Probably not.

Sam Cox (@SamRCox_)

Players of James’ class are always welcome additions to the league.

When it comes to Manchester United, however, James’ arrival would rely on at least one of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata leaving. It’s been a tough year in Madrid for the Colombian and, while creativity has been lacking at Old Trafford, his presence would not fix the fundamental issues with the setup of the team.

It could work out, but right now it aches of a signing that will fizzle under Jose Mourinho’s management.

Tom Scholes (@TomScholes316)

A lot of people are raving about James Rodriguez to Manchester United, but I can’t help but feel that it isn’t the right move for the Colombian. United already have multiple play makers in their squad including Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and to a lesser extent Paul Pogba, and James would just become yet another big name signing with no purpose.

If United really want to get the best out of Paul Pogba, the last thing they should be doing is signing James Rodriguez. Adding another central attacking midfielder only pushes the Frenchman deeper in midfield, restricting him.

With the constant links seemingly every summer, is James to United the new Wesley Sneijder to United rumour?

£200m Invested: 3 Incredible Summer Signings Man Utd Want To Make This Summer According To Reports

Despite the money Jose Mourinho has spent in his first season at Manchester United, his team still look a long way from title challengers. A long unbeaten run in the league has papered over cracks in all honesty, with several home draws in recent weeks frustrating the fans.

Instead of battling for the title, United now find themselves in a struggle to finish in the top four. There’s a very real possibility that they will miss out on Champions League football again. The United attack is ageing and is struggling to make the difference week in week out. Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could leave the club this summer, and that would free up significant funds for United to go and invest in new attacking midfielders and forwards. We take a look at 3 top quality players United could bring in with an investment of around £200million…

1 – Robert Lewandowski

According to DonBalon, a Spanish source, Mourinho may not choose to extend the contract of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, or at least, he may look to sign a new first-choice striker. According to the same report, Lewandowski of Bayern Munich tops the list. I don’t need to write about what type of player he is, or his statistics in recent years, it goes without saying that adding him to the team would be a significant improvement.

Convincing Munich to sell will not be easy. They have no obvious back up to Lewandowski, and world class strikers are hard to find on the market. A bid in excess of £60million would surely be needed to convince the German’s to part way with the deadly Polish striker.

5 Realistic James Rodriguez Alternatives For Liverpool

Liverpool have been linked with a sensational move for Real Madrid ace James Rodriguez but it will be a difficult move to pull off, especially if the Reds cannot offer Champions League football. Should they seek an alternative, this five realistic targets would be top-class.

Christian Pulisic

The 18-year-old American ace is a long-term target of Jurgen Klopp’s, with the German having worked with the teenager at Borussia Dortmund, but so far attempts to bring him to Anfield have been successful. This summer though, that could definitely change.

Dortmund could lose a fair few of their big names this summer and Pulisic would surely be tempted by a lucrative move to the Premier League. At Liverpool, he’d join a young, talented squad and could be a key-player on Merseyside for years to come.

Liverpool Keen To Secure Deal, Top Four Finish A Necessity

Liverpool will have to secure a top-four finish if Jurgen Klopp is to land one of his prime targets at the end of the season.

The Daily Mirror states the Reds are confident of luring James Rodriguez to Anfield from Real Madrid at the end of the season as the Colombian ace has grown unsettled in the Spanish capital, following three-years of troubles.

Colombia’s World Cup hero from 2014 secured a move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the wake of the international tournament in South America but, with the next World Cup just around the corner, the former Monaco man hasn’t established himself as the superstar many thought he would become.

That could work into Liverpool’s hands, as the Premier League seems a likely destination, but they’ll face a challenge in the final two months of the season to establish themselves in a position where a deal could be completed.

Why is top-four so important?

James Rodriguez is keen to ensure his next club is playing in the Champions League and that puts the ball in Liverpool’s court, with the Reds currently sat fourth in the Premier League standing and having a favourable run in the back-end of the season.

However, Klopp’s side have struggled against bottom-half clubs this season and fans will be concerned that those struggles could continue- especially as five of their remaining nine fixtures in the league are against side’s sat in the bottom-half.

Their other opponents, Everton, West Brom, Stoke and Southampton, can also be seen as potential banana skins for the Reds to avoid and the fact that both Manchester United and Arsenal have two games in hand makes Klopp’s position look even more difficult.

If Liverpool don’t finish in the Champions League spots, their chances of securing a move for James Rodriguez this summer would look significantly bleaker.

Where would James fit in?

With an attacking line that boasts the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, amongst others, it may be difficult to see where James would fit-in at Anfield. However, the threat of losing Coutinho is something Liverpool may have to face up to.

The Brazilian continues to attract the interest of top-clubs in Europe, including Barcelona, and the South American star may consider a move to boost his chances of being a crucial part of his national side in the World Cup next summer.

However, securing Champions League football could be enough to persuade Coutinho to stay for at least another year and if they were to keep him amongst their ranks, then a move for James wouldn’t be necessary.

Should Chelsea Consider This Swap Deal For Eden Hazard?

Spanish giants Real Madrid are keen to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea this summer and could be prepared to offer a stunning swap deal.

The Daily Mail, citing claims from Spanish outlet Marca, claim that the Belgian star has held ‘positive’ discussions with Zinedine Zidane’s side ahead of a potential move at the end of the season- with Los Blancos being long-term admirers of Chelsea’s attacking wizard.

However, Chelsea are keen to ensure they do not come out of a deal empty-handed and are looking to exploit the situation to land Colombian ace James Rodriguez in return- who’s set for an exit this summer after struggling to make a regular stake for first-team football over the last three-years.

A deal could end working out well for all parties but fans may be concerned about a potential swap deal, as they’ll question whether James would fill the void left by Hazard.

How to they compare?

Hazard has played significantly more football to James this season, with Squawka showing the Belgian has played 2155 minutes compared to James’ 683, but there has been enough in the Colombian’s performance to suggest he’d be a decent asset to Chelsea’s ranks.

James boasts 87% passing accuracy this season, compared to Hazard’s 84%, and has contributed with five assists in 14 games- whilst Hazard boasts four assists in 24 matches. In front of goal though, Hazard has a significant advantage of 11 goals compared to James’ two.

All in all, James has been a direct part of seven goals in 14 appearances whilst Hazard has been involved in 15 in 24 matches- meaning both have been impressive this season and it shows that James could be able to fill Hazard’s void.

Would James fit in?

Perhaps the most pressing concern would be whether James Rodriguez fits into Antonio Conte’s set-up at Stamford Bridge as, whilst capable of playing out wide, the South American asset is most effective playing just behind the striker.

In conte’s 3-4-3 set-up in West London, there isn’t really a central role where James could slot into the side and the Colombian would have to play out wide- where he’d slot into Hazard’s vacant position, should he seal a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Therefore, Chelsea may find it better to pursue an alternative target to James as they’d be able to get a quality wide-man with the figure they would receive for Hazard’s services and James himself would probably be better off moving elsewhere.

5 Better Alternatives To Turan That Can Replace Mesut Ozil At Arsenal

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Arda Turan in recent weeks, but I think there are better options on the market. Here’s five…

1 – Isco

Could Arsenal go to Madrid again to find Ozil’s replacement? It’s very possible. Isco could reportedly be sold for as little as £10.3million because Madrid want to stop him from joining Barcelona. That would be an absolute bargain for a player that has bags of potential and is still young at 24. In my opinion he has the potential to at least match the ability of Ozil, he just needs to be playing regular football. The fact that Barcelona are serious about signing Isco tells you everything you need to know, Arsenal simply have to be interested in the Spaniard if he’s on the market this summer.

Analysis: 3 World Class Signings Arsenal Could Still Make This Summer

Arsenal fans are growing frustrated at the lack of transfer activity from their club this summer. To date, Granit Xhaka is the only arrival and the club fans are now desperate to add more quality with the Gunners already 5 points behind their main title rivals.

More than anything the Gunners need a world class addition. Even if that is not a striker and they subsequently add a ‘good’ striker, I think the whole squad needs a lift and that can come from the emergence of a world class addition. Here are three players I think could be tempted by a big-money move to the Emirates before the window closes.

1 – James Rodriguez

With the emergence of young Asensio in Madrid, James has only been pushed further down the pecking order and surely, aged 25, he will want to be at a club where he is playing regularly. He has the ability to be a world class player, he just needs the team to work for him. At Arsenal he’d be one of the main superstars rather than just a bit part player and I think he could thrive in England. Unlike many technically gifted players, James is actually quite tall, nearly 6ft and that extra height helps him on the pitch in duels. Although you might feel that Arsenal don’t need another creative midfielder, when fit Olivier Giroud is a good striker and arguably a better striker than any that are on the market. Signing a top quality midfielder like James would give Arsenal another goal scoring midfielder. As well as the need for a striker Arsenal desperately lack goals from midfield. Aaron Ramsey is yet to rediscover his purple patch form of 2013/14 and Alexis Sanchez is the only other midfielder to score goals consistently. We’d all love Ozil to contribute more but he is not that type of player at the end of the day. If Arsenal could have Alexis on one wing and James on the other then the Gunners may have their best wingers since the days of Robert Pires and Freddie Ljunberg. Oxlade-Chamberlain still needs to realise his potential whilst for me, Theo Walcott is and will never be good enough to start for a title winning team. A front four of James, Ozil, Alexis and Giroud would be tasty and certainly more than capable of scoring enough goals to win the title. There would also be like the option of playing Alexis as a 9 and having Ozil, James and Iwobi/Ox/Theo behind him.

Four Big Money Signings Jose Mourinho Wants To Make As Manchester United Manager

With Jose Mourinho set to take charge at Manchester United this summer, we take a look at four players he wants to bring to the club in the transfer window.

1) John Stones

Whilst Raphael Varane may be his number one target, John Stones could be a more realistic signing. Mourinho is a big admirer of both players but most recently tried to sign Stones for Chelsea last season. Everton refused several offers, reportedly as high as £40million. Should a similar offer arrive this summer, though, Everton may be more willing to accept. This, in part, is due to the 21-year-old’s poor form and also due to the fact that Everton need to rebuild. £40million would help Roberto Martinez (or potentially a new manager) sign an established replacement and perhaps improve in other areas of the pitch – namely by signing a goalkeeper. Mourinho will be keen to sign a defensive partner for Chris Smalling as Manchester United have consistently had problems trying to keep Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo fit. Daley Blind has done a half decent job in a central role, but he is certainly not a title-winning centre-half. Stones has won more than 65% of his aerial duels this season.