Real Madrid playmaker wants a move to Manchester United but Jose Mourinho is not willing to pay the fee needed to bring the star to Old Trafford, according to Spanish source Diario Gol.
The Colombia international is seemingly surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu and looks highly likely to leave Zinedine Zidane’s men in search of regular football this summer.
The report suggests that United and Inter Milan are both keen to sign Rodriguez this summer, but that the Premier League side will not pay more than €40 million (£34.8 million) for the South American.
The Italians on the other hand are willing to do whatever it takes to land the Colombian as their sumer marquee signing and are ready to outbid United.
Plenty of new faces are expected at Old Trafford this summer, with Mourinho looking to add proven performers to his squad in a bid to fight for major silverware next season.
Rodriguez is undoubtedly talented but has struggled for time on the pitch in 2016-17, starting only 13 La Liga games for Zidane’s side this season.
The South American has been relegated to a fringe figure due to the form of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco, while Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo dominate the starting berths further forward.
Rodriguez’s addition would offer United a player with exemplary technique and vision, with the playmaker similar in style to the likes of Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
However, with hopes of luring Antoine Griezmann to United and countless other players linked, it remains to be seen just how far Mourinho’s transfer budget will stretch this summer.
With Inter seemingly in the driving seat to land Rodriguez, the future of Ivan Perisic, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford, could well have a big impact on both teams’ financial means.
While the Colombia international may want a move to United, Madrid chairman Florentino Perez will surely sell him to the highest bidder – which at this time looks likely to be Inter.