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Arsenal could be handed a massive blow in signing James Rodriguez as reports making the round suggest Manchester United are in advance talks in signing him this summer
The Independent says United have intensified conversations over James, with the 25-year-old earmarked to replace Wayne Rooney, who completed a return to first club Everton.
James is keen to sort out a transfer before Tuesday, to avoid having to join Los Blancos’ tour to the United States, which begins then.
His departure has been accelerated by the imminent arrival of Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos, who is set to undergo a medical with Real on Monday.
United’s decision to abandon a move for Real striker Álvaro Morata and turn to Romelu Lukaku won’t affect discussions over James.
Real are thought to be after about 70m euros for the ex-Banfield, Monaco and Porto man, although Sunday’s report says United are aiming to agree a lower fee.