James Rodríguez was substituted in the last game at Santiago Bernabéu against Sevilla and the player left the club giving an applause to the supporters. Many people think that it was a gesture of a farewell and the Colombian playmaker will leave the club at the end of the present season. At the moment, James is out of the list to play against Celta tonight, because he has some physical problems.
Some sources like the Colombian radiostation Radio Caracol informed that the transfer deal with Manchester United is completely sealed and it will be announced on the 23rd of May, even before the Champions League final against Juventus on the 3rd of June. This is quite unlikely because Los Blancos don’t want to announce anything before the clash in Cardiff.
On the other hand the British newspaper The Sun said that the agreement is almost done, but Manchester United have other priorities and the announcement won’t be made shortly. However, James Rodríguez new destination will be Old Trafford and he will follow the steps of Ángel Di María, who also left the Spanish capital to go to Manchester.
Real Madrid will cash €65M, so Florentino Pérez will lose €15M in two years because Los Blancos paid Monaco €80M. James Rodríguez has shown in this time that he’s a top class player but he has never had the continuity in the line-up. He has faced hard competitors like Isco, Asensio or Bale, so he could never find a clear spot in the starting eleven.
Some bookmakers like Skybet has also suspended the market where they offered money for the next club of James Rodríguez. Manchester United had lower odds and now it looks like the Red Devils are very close to sign a top class player for the next season.