Manchester United apparently have interest in Porto star James Rodriguez, and such a move would greatly benefit the Red Devils.
According to the Daily Mail staff, Manchester United are scouting the Columbian footballer and could look to bring him to the club, but it will likely be at a stiff price:
United have stepped up their pursuit of Rodriguez but been stunned by a massive hike in his asking price.
United enquired about cost and they were told they would have to pay £24m to buy him out of his contract. Later, in a readjustment the release clause was lifted to £36m.
That is a hefty price to pay for Rodriguez, but it's one United can certainly afford. After all, the club has been rumored to have interest in Cristiano Ronaldo in a deal that could be worth upwards of £100 million if he's available, per Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail.
Rodriguez has been called the "South American Ronaldo" and is an incredibly popular player already in South America, so just imagine how much more his name will grow once he puts on a Manchester United jersey. As far as marketing is concerned, Rodriguez could be huge.
More importantly, he is a talented player that will help Manchester United in many different ways.
For starters, Rodriguez is just 21 years old, so he could be around for a very long time and be a dominant force in Old Trafford.
The Columbian star has an incredible amount of energy in his game and doesn't quit on either side of the ball. His propensity to get back on defense is especially surprising coming from such a young player.
On offense, Rodriguez is a winger, but he has the necessary skills to play anywhere on the field and do so with success. That type of versatility is invaluable to any squad, and it means he could play multiple roles in any given match.
Rodriguez has no trouble finding the back of the net, as evidenced by his seven goals in 13 games this season. The Porto man also commands extra attention from opposing defenses, so his simple presence on the field will help open things up for his teammates.
He may be a bit raw, but Sir Alex Ferguson has never shied away from bringing in that type of player. Clearly, there is already immense talent in Rodriguez's game, so it's scary to think how much better he could get if he continues to develop.
Rodriguez has tremendous upside and is quickly becoming one of the hottest soccer names on the planet. It may take a good amount of money to bring him in, but the potential returns on that investment for Rodriguez are endless.