Bookmakers have closed their books on James Rodriguez joining Manchester United.
The Real Madrid star is widely expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, after struggling to become a regular under Zinedine Zidane.
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The 25-year-old Colombian international has been with Real since 2014, when they snapped him up for more than £70million from Monaco, after a scintillating display in the World Cup finals.
He has never hit the heights expected of him with Real, and now he looks on his way out and United have long been leading the chase for Rodriguez – who is set to cost around £60million for whoever lands his signature.
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Ladbrokes have now reacted to to the money coming in by shutting the market as Rodriguez went as low as 1/10.
Ladbrokes News’ Dave Burin said: “Rodriguez joining United looks like a certainty, so all we’re waiting for now is the sight of the midfield maestro posing with the famous red shirt.”
Our Football Insider Graeme Bailey told us: “This is a deal long been mooted, along with that of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid and with Zlatan and Rooney likely to leave, their will be plenty of money left in the finances to cover their expensive wage packets.
“On Rodriguez himself, personally I think he is a huge luxury, and has not done it at Real – that does not mean to say he won’t – as I think he is a hard-worker and will not shy away from a challenge. A move to the Premier League could be the spark he needs.”