Report: Chelsea, Manchester United in James Rodriguez battle

James Rodriguez celebrates scoring during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Eibar on April 9, 2016
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A report claims that Manchester United will face competition from Chelsea in the race to sign Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez.

Chelsea and Manchester United will reportedly go head to head for the signature of James Rodriguez, whose time at Real Madrid is believed to be coming to an end.

The Colombian international joined Real Madrid from AS Monaco off the back of an impressive 2014 World Cup, and he scored 17 times during a successful first season at the Bernabeu.

The 25-year-old's performances have dipped over the last 12 months, however, and he has only scored once in 12 appearances for the Spanish giants this season.

Man United have been strongly linked with a move for James, but according to The Express, they will face strong competition from Chelsea, who are also in the market for a new attacker.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane defended James at the weekend after the Colombian was criticised for his 'disinterested' performance in the Madrid club's 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon.

Mikel John Obi of Chelsea looks on during a Pre Season Friendly between Chelsea and Fiorentina at Stamford Bridge on August 5, 2015
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