Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for Colombia international James Rodriguez earlier in the month and on paper it seemed a deal that was not beyond the realms of possibility. A strong and versatile wide-man who had been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of his style of play, yeah that seemed a viable option. At 21-years-old and considered one of the best talents in world football it seemed that it could most definitely happen.
With the likelihood of Nani leaving sooner rather than later it added extra credence to a potential deal. However one person who doesn’t think so is Sir Alex himself, who did not go as far to deny the obvious talents of the attacker but did go as far to deny any potential move for the player, by suggesting any move would be a little too harsh on the finances of the club:
Has Sir Alex got a point then?
Well Spurs fans would certainly think so. They chased Joao Moutinho all summer and reported that the goalposts in terms of his fee were consistently moved. In the end the price was considerably more than the club were prepared to pay for the talented playmaker.
Then there is the case of Hulk, who was sold to Zenit St Petersburg this summer. While the burly forward is obviously very talented the eventual price-tag of £32 million seemed just slightly inflated, you could buy a garage of Formula 1 cars for such extortionate amounts of money. However Zenit also splashed a similar amount on Benfica’s Axel Witsel so the Russian side were not shy when it came to throwing some financial clout around the place. Their links with Gazprom, who supply gas to large parts of mainland Europe and are the recent new headline sponsor of the Champions League certainly gives them plenty of cash to splash.
However Alvaro Pereira and Fredy Guarin left the club this summer for Inter Milan for prices of under £10 million each, which doesn’t seem to extortionate. The summer before saw Falcao go for over £40 million which now seems like a fair price for the much coveted scoring sensation.
Who can blame Porto for being tight when it comes to letting their players go. A lot of work goes into their scouting systems, especially when it comes to the huge wealth of South American talent at the club and a healthy return on that investment seems fair.
So Manchester United do not seem likely to be signing James Rodriguez at any point soon, unless they throw a Nani shaped sweetener into the deal perhaps?
What do you think? Do Porto charge to much for their players? Or are their prices fair in the current market?
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