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Man United linked with move for South American sensation

Manchester United have again been linked with a possible move for highly-rated Colombian winger James Rodriguez, despite the player reportedly favouring a move to La Liga.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be keen on the Porto ace and according to the Mail Online, representatives from Old Trafford watched Rodriguez for the seventh time this season at the weekend.

The 21-year-old has already been compared to Colombian great Carlos Valderrama and is currently one of the most exciting youngsters in European football – going some way to warrant a reported £36 million release clause in his current contract at the Estadio do Dragao.

United may use unsettled Portuguese winger Nani as a bargaining tool in an attempt to bring Rodriguez to Old Trafford, however, reports from Goal.com recently suggested the player would choose a move to the Spanish top flight ahead of the Barclays Premier League.

United could also face frustration as it further understood that Rodriguez has renegotiated his current contract, with Old Trafford chiefs initially being told they would only have to pay £24 million to secure the player.


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