Real Madrid star eyes up Wayne Rooney's number 10 shirt at Manchester United in anticipation of move

Alex Gidden

Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez is keen to inherit on Wayne Rooney's number 10 shirt at Manchester United this summer, should the England international seal a move away from Old Trafford. 

Rodriguez himself is expected to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season having struggled to win a starting spot in Zinedine Zidane's side. 


Reports in Thursday's edition of the Sun suggested that a verbal agreement has already been made between the Colombian and the Red Devils over an apparent summer switch, and the same paper now claims that the midfielder wants to wear the number 10 shirt next season. 

That scenario can only occur if Rooney, the current holder of the number 10, brings an end to his 13-year stint with United and though that appears likely to happen, there has been no guarantee that he will depart with Jose Mourinho's side now expected to lose Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to a serious knee injury. 

Deportivo de La Coruna v Real Madrid CF - La Liga
Deportivo de La Coruna v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Should reports of Rodriguez's verbal agreement to join United be true, then he will likely be one of a number of top signings the Premier League club will make at the end of the season, as Mourinho looks to build a squad capable of winning the title again. 

Though Rodriguez has been unhappy for much of the campaign, he has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent days, scoring in last Sunday's Clasico defeat before bagging himself a brace in the 6-2 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday. 

The Colombian international has made just 17 starts in all competitions so far this year but has an impressive nine goals and 11 assists to his name as Los Blancos chase their first La Liga title for nearly five years. 



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