James Rodriguez is quickly becoming one of the most sought after players in Europe. The 21-year-old star from Cucuta, Columbia is currently in his third year with Porto and could be one of the most costly players during the January transfer window.
Manchester United are one of a number of major clubs looking to secure the services of the Porto sensation but the asking price may now be too high.
There are suggestions the club is currently looking to offload Nani in January to whichever team will give them the most cash and were looking to take that bounty and throw it Porto’s way for Rodriguez. However, United are aware that Rodriguez has recently renegotiated his deal with Porto, which has led to an increase in his transfer valuation – his release clause is now estimated at £36 million.
It is possible that United could still try and pick up Rodriguez. The club recently signed a shirt sponsorship deal with bwin – a deal that should give the club some extra cash to use in a deal for Rodriguez. They could also try and setup some type of partial exchange package that would send Nani to Porto for Rodriguez.
While the deal sounds good, odds are Porto would not be interested. It is said that Nani is looking for £130,000 a week to stay in Old Trafford and it is unlikely that Porto will be able to afford that salary (Ed Note: neither would Nani fit their policy of buying players young and cheap, developing them and then selling on for profit)
If United is unable to come up with the funds for Rodriguez, one has to wonder if any team will be able to prise Rodriguez away from Porto. The club does not appear likely to release the winger for anything less than the buy-out figure in his contract. With the transfer window less than two months away, Manchester United and other interested clubs need to get busy if they want to raise the money needed to buy Porto’s young superstar.