Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly not keen on a summer approach for James Rodriguez despite earlier suggestions that the attacker has agreed personal terms at Old Trafford.
According to The Sun, the Red Devils are nowhere nearing signing the Colombian attacker, who has found first-team chances hard to come by this season.
The former Monaco star has been restricted to just 13 La Liga starts over the course of the campaign with manager Zinedine Zidane preferring to rotate his options in the injury absence of Gareth Bale.
Rodriguez has been associated with a potential move to Old Trafford, but his hopes appear to have been dashed with Mourinho having better options on his shortlist, The Sun claims.
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is currently the leading player on the manager’s wishlist with Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva the other as the Special One looks to add more creativity to his attack front.
Rodriguez, 25, has never lived up to his full potential since his World Cup exploits in Colombia in 2014, and this appears to have come bearing on his rumoured move to Manchester.
United boss Mourinho had declined an offer to sign the playmaker last summer, and he seems to have a similar opinion on Rodriguez this time around as he feels the player would not fit his 4-3-3 setup.
Rodriguez had been spotted waving his goodbyes to the Los Blancos faithful during the 4-1 victory over Sevilla on Sunday, and this had led to suggestions that he may have played his last game at the Bernabeu.
The attacker is currently valued at a fee of around £50m, and he may have to wait for a while before knowing where his commitment lie for the 2017/18 season and beyond.
In spite of the latest setback, Rodriguez remains a name propping up the United shortlist, and the club could secure his services, should there be no breakthrough in negotiations with their prime targets.