Manchester United and Arsenal interested in James Rodriguez as Real Madrid slash asking price to £22.5m

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez looks set to depart from Real Madrid
James looks set to be on his way out of Real Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)

Real Madrid are reportedly set to offload James Rodriguez for a cut-price fee of around €25 million (£22.5m) and Manchester United and Arsenal are among the teams interested in the midfielder.

The 28-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich and looks unlikely to return to parent club Madrid next season.

According to Spanish publication Marca, with just a year left on his contract, the club will be forced to sell him for a bargain fee this summer or let him go for free in 2021.

The report states that James has made it clear that he wants to leave the Bernabeu, while Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton and Wolves are all keen on the Colombian.

James is said to have been on the brink of a move to Atletico Madrid last summer, but Los Blancos pulled out of the deal they did not want to sell to their bitter rivals.

The creative midfielder is on a yearly salary of €7 million (£6.3m) at Madrid and offloading him would help the club counter the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Colombia v Uruguay: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
James joined Madrid shortly after his heroic performances in the 2014 World Cup (Picture: Getty Images)

James recently admitted that he previously turned down the opportunity to play for United before he made the switch from Porto to Monaco in 2013, but has always held the club in high regard.

‘Yes I think there was some kind of talk there. My manager has a great relationship with the club, his name is Jorge Mendes,’ James told Rio Ferdinand’s ‘The Locker Room’.

‘Well, we always dream of getting in a big club. Since I was a child I always admired Manchester, I always saw those teams with Rio together with Giggs and Scholes, there were a lot of prodigious players and I wanted to get there in that year. But it didn’t happen.

‘I thought I had to play for a club that wasn’t so big. From there I went to France just before the World Cup and my plan was to go to the World Cup have a great participation there, score goals, reach a good level and from there play for a big club and then the Real Madrid thing happened.’

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