REAL MADRID are ready to tempt Manchester United into selling Paul Pogba by offering Colombian talisman James Rodriguez in exchange.
Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has already reportedly considered Gareth Bale as an option as he tries to convince United chiefs to let him have his fellow Frenchman.
Midfielder Pogba, 26, was linked with moves to Madrid and Juventus in the summer – and the Italians will target it him again in January.
But United’s £180million valuation scared off potential buyers.
Pogba, about a month away from returning from the ankle injury he sustained in September, has been keen on a move to the Bernabeu to link up with Zidane.
But United refuse to sell him for less than £180m – £91m more than they paid Juve for him in 2016.
Spanish online sports outlet El Desmarque claim Real still want Pogba – and president Florentino Perez is ready to offer them Rodriguez in a player-plus-cash deal.
Rodriguez, 28, was a star of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
But his Real career has floundered and the South American spent two seasons on learn at German giants Bayern Munich.
Rodriguez’s agent Jorge Mendes wants to move the player out of Spain and look for a fresh challenge.
Perez has also been keen on Tottenham’s Chrissian Eriksen but the club know they can get him on a free in seven months’ time.
Eriksen can sign a pre-contract with Real in January.
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Another avenue being explored by Los Blancos is tapping into Rodgriguez’s agent Mendes’ links with Wolves.
Perez is said to be a fan of Ruben Neves and could try and swap Rodriguez for the Portugal defensive midfielder.
Wolves chief Nuno Espirito Santo is keen on a deal for Rodriguez.
Molineux is also home to Mexico striker Raul Jiminez, who has 12 goals already this season and would jump at the chance of moving to the Bernabeu.