James Rodriguez's alleged summer transfer to Manchester United is not so clear cut as has been made out. The Colombian star's arrival will be announced as early as this Sunday if you believe very bold reports emerging from his homeland, but there are still serious red flags.


All of the speculation so far has focused on Rodriguez and his desire to leave Real after failing to establish himself as a regular starter, and the club's willingness to sell. Actual concrete interest from United hasn't really come into it, that part has just been assumed.


And amid all of the excitement over seemingly false rumours, an update from the Daily Telegraph's James Ducker on Tuesday night has put things into context and seems to be a much more accurate and truthful take on the current situation.

According to Ducker, United are not chasing Rodriguez and are looking at other forwards instead. "Real trying to create a market for Rodriguez hence endless links," he further explained.


Real Madrid, who signed Rodriguez for €80m off the back of his Golden Boot winning performances at the 2014 World Cup, are experts at using the media to create transfer hype in terms of both incoming and outgoing deals.


It is no coincidence the Spanish press were convinced David de Gea had formally asked to leave United last month when reliable English-based sources were adamant no such thing had happened, while Cristiano Ronaldo's move to the Bernabeu displayed many similar characteristics after being dragged out in the Spanish media for many months.

Granada CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

The fact that Rodriguez shares an agent (Jorge Mendes) with Jose Mourinho, combined with United being one of few clubs with adequate finances, makes Old Trafford an obvious target.


Whether the United gossip is being driven by Mendes, Real, or both, remains to be seen. But James Rodriguez wearing a United next season doesn't appear likely unless the club first fails to land all of their other preferred targets.


Sky Sports' big revelation on the subject this week centred on the 25-year-old only being 'offered' to Old Trafford as Los Blancos attempt to flog an unwanted trinket.


The deal could be done, but United have to actually want it. And they don't.

Deportivo de La Coruna v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Even the testimony of Spanish football expert Graham Hunter doesn't cover up the holes.


"Real Madrid want to sell, his price is gettable by Manchester United and they want a world star. It fits for Manchester United and I think it is going to happen. It makes total sense to me. He is definitely going [to leave Real Madrid]," Hunter told talkSPORT this week.


Leaving Madrid and joining United are mutually exclusive things that seem to be viewed as being one and the same. Equally, just because United can afford the excessive asking price and are keen on landing a marquee signing doesn't automatically point to Rodriguez.


It's 2+2=5 territory.


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