Man Utd and Chelsea set to join £36m James Rodriguez transfer scramble with Colombian unwanted at Real Madrid and Bayern

MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea target James Rodriguez is set to spark a transfer scramble after being jettisoned by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

The Colombian ace, 27, becomes a Los Blancos player again at the end of the season when his loan deal with Bayern runs out, but Zinedine Zidane does not want him.

Not only that but Bayern boss Niko Kovac has fallen out with Rodriguez and their relationship is broken beyond repair.

According to Marca, Rodriguez is available for £36million and Bayern have first option on him until June 15.

The situation was exacerbated last summer when then Real manager Julen Lopetegui called Rodriguez and asked him if he wanted to return to Madrid, which he pushed for, despite having a two-year loan agreement with the Bundesliga side.

That created a conflict with Kovac, who reckoned his heart was not in it.

Rodriguez has scored seven goals this season and has not impressed his Croatian boss, while his game time has dried up.

And Real Madrid could struggle to shift him, if Zidane wants him out of the door, because of his hefty transfer value and salary.


They extended his contract by a year to 2021, assuming Bayern would sign him at the end of the two-year stint — but now Bayern are happy they did a non-permanent deal.

Rodriguez is expected to play for Colombia in the Copa America this summer, but has a minor injury that has hampered his game time in recent weeks, while Bayern still face a fight for the title.


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He has been constantly linked to a move to the Premier League in recent years, but it has never materialised.

Manchester United are known to be keen on a summer rebuild, while Chelsea could be in a similar boat.

The Blues are currently in the best position to qualify for next season's Champions League and are in fourth place, two points ahead of Arsenal.

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