|MANCHESTER UNITED TARGET COSTLY PORTO WINGER
Betfair: 29 June 2012
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Michael Lintorn has a look at some of the stats surrounding apparent Manchester United target James Rodriguez...
Porto have made a habit out of signing South Americans cheaply and selling them for huge sums. Lucho Gonzalez, Lisandro Lopez and Radamel Falcao started the trend (Porto were also Thiago Silva's first European club) and Chelsea target Hulk isn't likely to be the only one continuing it this summer.
That is because team-mate James Rodriguez has attracted headlines in recent days as the apparent object of a £30 million bid from Manchester United, which the Portuguese champions are alleged to have deemed not large enough.
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But what has the youngster done to justify such illustrious links? Let's scour some stats...
Name: James Rodriguez
Date of Birth: 12 July 1991 (20-years-old)
Current Club: Porto
Former Clubs: Envigado (Colombia), Banfield (Argentina)
Last season: 29 league appearances, 13 goals
Club Honours: Colombian second division (2007), Argentine Primera Division (Apertura, 2009), Portuguese Superliga (2010/11, 2011/12), Portuguese Cup (2010/11), Europa League (2010/11), Portugeuse Supercup (2010, 2011)
International Honours: Toulon Tournament (2011)
After almost a decade with little to celebrate, Colombian football appears to be on the up with Rodriguez joining Juan Zuniga, Fredy Guarin and Mr Europa League himself Falcao on the list of players making it big in Europe.
The national team reached the quarter-finals of last year's Copa America and, despite a somewhat underwhelming start to the qualifying campaign, remain very much in contention to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.
It would be their first since their most famous ever midfielder, the wonderfully-coiffeured Carlos Valderrama opposed England in 1998.
Where would Rodriguez fit at Manchester United?
With their most high-profile addition to date Shinji Kagawa hoping to start in a central attacking midfield role, the arrival of Rodriguez would potentially see him replace another winger brought over from Portugal in the starting line-up, Euro 2012 semi-finalist Nani.
Has the rumour affected the title betting?
Not really, however Manchester United have shown a desire to tweak their squad during this window and as a result are currently available to back at 3.5 to regain the Premier League, having been 3.7 earlier in the summer.
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