Man Utd in danger to miss out signing of South American midfield maestro

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La Liga giants Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez is reportedly only interested in joining direct rivals Atletico Madrid this summer, despite strong interest from Man Utd and Arsenal.

Newcastle United are the latest team to have been rumoured with a move for the Colombian midfielder, while Everton are among the other Premier League teams credited with an interest in his services.

The 28-year-old midfielder’s future appears to lie away from the Santiago Bernabeu, having failed to break his way back into Zinedine Zidane’s future plans on a regular basis since making a return from a two-year loan spell at German giants Bayern Munich last summer.

Mundo Deportivo claims that James Rodriguez has his heart set on a move to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, who were also interested in his services last year.

However, the Colombian, whose current deal with Los Blancos ends next summer, would reportedly have to take a significant wage cut if he makes a switch to Diego Simeone’s side.

Man Utd had been hoping to bring him in as a high-profile signing, while Everton head-coach Carlo Ancelotti had been keen on to make a reunion having worked with James Rodriguez at Bayern Munich.

The 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winning playmaker has been limited to only 13 games across all competitions this campaign, the most recent of which came in October.