Manchester United have stepped up discussions over the signing of James Rodriguez this summer, in yet another move that involves Real Madrid.

Reports from Spain indicate that the duo have been massively linked with Jose Mourinho's side, but understands that Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez prefers to offer the duo to the Chelsea.

James would likely cost less than Morata, although United would similarly hope to pay less than the €70m Real Madrid would want. It is thought that James' time at the Bernabeu is set to be over, with the imminent arrival of Dani Ceballos.

Former Porto and AS Monaco star James found it tough enough to get on the pitch last season, per Sainz: "James only played in 33 of Real Madrid's 60 matches last season, and in the Champions League final he didn't even get a place on the bench".

Manager Zinedine Zidane wants to keep all his star players but may decide to sell the 27-year-old to add fresh blood to his offensive department.

The 25-year old has always been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, after having seen a major reduction in playing time since the arrival of manager Zinedine Zidane.

The player's agent, Jorge Mendes, also represents Mourinho and that has consistently led to speculation that United would be Rodriguez's first choice option should he move to England - that is until Chelsea showed a significant interest.

What the South American lacks is consistency, something James is determined to acquire away from the Spanish capital next season.