Guillem Balague sends message to Man United fans about James Rodriguez

The La Liga expert discusses whether Manchester United are favourites to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid

La Liga expert Guillem Balague Photo: Sky Sports

Guillem Balague has declared Manchester United as favourites to sign James Rodriguez in the summer transfer window.

The Colombia international’s future has been a source of relentless speculation throughout the 2016-17 season after the midfielder struggled once again to make an impression under Zinedine Zidane.

James has scored eight goals and has made six assists in 21 games in La Liga to leave his future in doubt at the 11-time Champions League winners.

Manchester United are favourites to sign the South American midfielder in the summer transfer window as Jose Mourinho look to improve his options in his squad ahead of a potential return to the Champions League.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with a bid for the Colombian midfielder – too.

Speaking to Sky Sports about whether Manchester United are genuine favourites to sign James in the summer transfer window, La Liga expert Balague said:

“Manchester United are favourites to get James.

“He has decided to leave Real, who have three clubs ready to meet the asking price. One of them is United. I still say they are the top contenders to get him.”

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James moved to Real Madrid in a big-money deal from AS Monaco in 2014.

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