James Rodriguez Transfer After World Cup 2014
James Rodriguez transfer to top teams from England, Spain or Italy is on all sport news. The outstanding performance of the 22 years old Columbian in World Cup 2014 attracted the eyes of important teams like Manchester United, Tottenham, Napoli, Barcelona or Real Madrid. James Rodriguez transfer to Real Madrid or Barcelona seem the most likely taking into consideration that the player expressed his desire to play in Spain.
James Rodriguez transfer to Manchester United is not a novelty for the player. Manchester United could have bought the player in 2010, but instead they chose to transfer Bebe, from Vitoria Guimaraes. Rodriguez was the youngest foreigner to debut in Argentinian top-flight, at the age of 17. The Columbian was instrumental in helping Banfield winning their first league championship. Manchester United bought another world class player directly from South America: Diego Forlan. James Rodriguez’s agents profited that Sir Alex Fergusson was interested to buy Javier Fernandez, so they tried to attract the attention of the reputed Scottish manager. However, Manchester showed no interest and acquired Portugal’s Bebe for around 9 million Euro. Bebe did not show up very often in Man Utd line-up and did not confirm the expectations. Bebe’s transfer is very controversial because Fergusson admitted he did not see the striker playing ever and there were rumors that the transfer was done as some sort of payment for Jorge Mendes.
James Rodriguez transfer to Porto was officiated in July 2010 for 5.1 million Euro. The Columbian played an important role for Porto, being part of Andre Villas-Boas’s unbeaten team that secured domestic double and Europa League. Manchester United showed again interest in the Columbian in 2012, but Porto set him a huge release clause. James Rodriguez transfer to Manchester United in 2010 or 2012 might have represented a bad decision for the Columbian. The Columbian playmaker would have had difficulties in becoming a regular, so he might not have flourished into the decisive player that he is now. Without playing regularly, Rodriguez might have wasted his talent and become another promising star that never confirmed the expectations. Let’s take into consideration the fact that in 2010 James Rodriguez was only 18 years old, and if he would have been transfered at that date by Manchester United he would have lost 4 important years in player’s development. Rodriguez was fortunate to rise and play for Porto, a team that is well known to form world class players.
James Rodriguez transfer to Monaco amazed everyone. Dmitry Rybolovlev decided to pay 70 million Euro for James Rodriguez and Joa Moutinho. The gifted Columbian had an amazing season for Monaco.
James Rodriguez transfer to Barcelona and Real Madrid is in discussion now, after he stated his interest in playing in Spain. Will Monaco decide to let go their jewel? Monaco is going to play in UEFA Champions League and they will probably want to keep their playmaker in order to have a chance. Napoli also showed some interest in James Rodriguez. The price of the young Columbian has definitely increased due to his recent play, being the top scorer of World Cup so far, World Cup Group Stage Best Player and candidate for World Cup Best Player.