Porto demand Man Utd meet release clause for Rodriguez

Manchester United have been told that if they want to sign Porto winger James Rodriguez, they will have to meet the £40m fee outlined in his release clause, the Daily Mail has reported.

It had been claimed United would move for Rodriguez after Luis Nani voiced his discontent at the club, with a figure of £25m bandied about for the Columbian. But Rodriguez signed a new contract with Porto only a year ago, into which was inserted a minimum buy-out clause worth in the region of £40m. The Mail adds that even if Porto consented to a lower offer, it could still cost United more than £30m to bring Rodriguez to Old Trafford.

Nani is reportedly agitating for a new contract and the resultant wage hike to put his earnings at £125,000 per week, but there has been little movement towards a new deal from the United hierarchy. That is despite the Portugal international entering the final two years of his current contract, with the reticence from United taken by Nani as a sign he should consider if his future lies elsewhere.

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