Real Madrid star James Rodriguez is rumoured to be keen on a switch to Manchester United after falling out with Zinedine Zidane, according to The Mirror.
The report directly contradicts recent developments with the player, as the Colombian playmaker went on record to commit his future to Madrid following a period of intense transfer speculation when he was linked with moves to United, Juventus and Chelsea.
However, this most recent report claims that Rodriguez's relationship with Zidane has been fractured further and former Madrid boss Jose Mourinho could be the beneficiary.
James Rodriguez has now been directly involved in 64 goals in 96 games for Real Madrid across all competitions.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 7, 2017
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Despite several other clubs interested in the 25-year-old, Rodriguez is believed to have made clear his intentions of signing for United.
Rodriguez returned to the fray for Madrid with two goals to help his side beat Sevilla in the Copa del Rey, stating afterwards:
"I just want to play well when I have the chance and be able to do good things like I did today and help the team by scoring goals."
Zidane also remarked positively on his contribution, saying: "James had a good game," he said. "He worked hard and scored two goals. He was important, just like everyone else."
The chances of United signing Rodriguez in January are nil, but it's plausible that Mourinho will go in for the midfielder in the summer should he fail in his attempts to lure Antoine Griezmann away from Atletico Madrid, who has also been repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford.