Super-agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly hoping Manchester United chief Ed Woodward will do him a favour by signing want-away Real Madrid midfielder James Rodrgiuez – despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strongly vetoing the transfer.
United are finally on the right path and are building a hungry, young team for the future.
Those placed on Solskjaer’s shortlist are players who are expected to develop into some of the best in the world.
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, 20, is expected to complete a move to Old Trafford this summer with Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish, 24, is also sought after.
Recruiting players based on their reputation alone is a thing of the past for the Red Devils.
Solskjaer is looking for a creative midfielder in this window and has a number of options he is considering.
Colombian magazine Las 2 Orillas claims Mendes is trying to convince Woodward to capture Rodriguez for that role.
The stunning report insists Solskjaer is completely against accepting the terms and it is solely the work of the agent trying to seek a huge payday.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has registered a slight interest in the 29-year-old but has yet to make a firm approach.
Rodriguez has struggled for form over recent years and was loaned out to Bayern Munich last season.
The Bundesliga side opted against making that move permanent as they instead borrowed Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.
Rodriguez spent this campaign fighting for a place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI but he has only made one La Liga appearance in the last 10 months.
There has been talk the ex-Porto and Monaco ace had fallen out with the Real boss but he dismissed those claims as lies when discussing his future in June.
“It’s always uncomfortable to listen to the many lies that are said about someone, what’s important is the opinion of my family and those who know me,” he said.
“Anyway, it’s something that doesn’t affect me because I know what’s true and I work hard every day to be where I am. Those who surround me are always happy with what I have to offer.
“A lot of things have been said about me and almost all of them are lies. What most annoys me is that my professionalism has been put in doubt, and I can’t accept that.
“I am very professional, that’s why I got where I am now.
“It’s reassuring that the people that are by my side and worked with me know what I’m talking about. I take care of myself like nobody else. I train a lot in my day to day. I always want to improve.”
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