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
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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