FC Porto star James Rodriguez has recently been linked with a move to Manchester United, but Porto have insisted that the 2011-12 English Premier League runners-up have not made a formal bid for the 20-year-old Colombian, according to Sky Sports.
“We have not received any formal offer for James Rodriguez, only rumours from the papers and that is normal for this time of year,” said a Porto source.
“If something should arrive then we would study it and evaluate the situation, we do know Manchester United and other English clubs have watched various games this year.”
Rodriguez enjoyed a breakout season for the Portuguese giants in 2011-12. He bagged 13 goals in 20 Portuguese Liga matches (14 starts), while also netting one goal and one assist in six UEFA Champions League appearances.
The former Envigado Fútbol Club starlet also shined in the Under-20 World Cup for Colombia this past year, tallying three goals and two assists in five matches.
Rodriguez is surely one of the most coveted young stars in European football, and his link with Manchester United certainly confirms that.
In fact, some have had the audacity to dub him the “South American” Cristiano Ronaldo. Perhaps he’ll live up to the utmost praise, but let’s not get carried away.
Will James Rodriguez be playing his football at Old Trafford next season?
Rodriguez’s team-mate Hulk wants Chelsea switch
According to Sky Sports, Brazil international and FC Porto standout Givanildo Vieira de Souza, who you may know as Hulk, is keen on sealing a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
“Chelsea are the current European champions and would please any player and I’m no exception,” Hulk told O Jogo. “I’d be happy if the transfer happened.”
If Hulk’s wish is granted, he will join former Lille OSC superstar Eden Hazard in west London. Hazard has already agreed to join the European champions following the imminent departure of Didier Drogba.
How good will Chelsea be if they can successfully add Hulk to their books? The answer is very good.
With that said, Hulk has “left” everything in Porto’s hands. He’s said all the right things, now it’s time for Roman Abramovich to open up his checkbook.
If he does so, Porto will surely be forced to give in and sell their superstar. That’s just how things go in football.
Football is a business and Roman Abramovich is a businessman. As they say, that says it all.
Will Chelsea lure Hulk to Stamford Bridge this summer? I’d bet on it, literally.