Man Utd’s deal to sign Real Madrid star could be on, says insider

Guillem Balague delivers the latest transfer news on James Rodriguez, who his thought to be a Manchester United target

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Manchester United have been handed a boost in their reported pursuit of James Rodriguez after Guillem Balague revealed that Real Madrid may consider selling him this summer.

The Red Devils are thought to be on the lookout for attacking reinforcements as Louis van Gaal looks to bolster his United squad.

United have been heavily linked with a big-money swoop to sign Rodriguez in recent days following the recent criticism of the Red Devils’ style of play.

Now, it appears that Real Madrid are open to the possibility of cashing in on the Colombia international should United come calling in the summer, according to Spanish football expert Balague.

Balague told Sky Sports News HQ: “Zidane likes Isco, but I don’t think he has enough to be a consistent Real Madrid player.

“It could well be that either he or James Rodriguez gets sold in the summer – but again, Real are waiting to see what happens with the transfer ban.”

Asked if Rodriguez could move in January rather than the summer, Balague added: “One hundred per cent no way.”

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United moved to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday thanks to their 1-0 win at Liverpool.

The Red Devils are now gearing up for their home clash with Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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