Liverpool have now joined the race to sign Real Madrid’s out-of-favour midfielder James Rodriguez, as per reports in Spain.
James Rodriguez has failed to nail a spot in the Real Madrid starting lineup ever since Zinedine Zidane took over as the new Los Blancos boss. Despite putting on some impressive displays, the Colombian has remained down the pecking order and grown increasingly frustrated with life in the Spanish capital.
The former Monaco star has been rumoured to be on the lookout for a new club for quite some time now, and his summer exit from the La Liga club became all but confirmed when he was left out of Real Madrid’s 15-man matchday squad that faced Juventus in the 2017 Champions League final.
Rodriguez has no shortage of suitors whatsoever, with European powerhouses like AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain rumoured to be battling for his services. However, Premier League giants Manchester United have been dubbed as the frontrunners in this race all along.
The playmaker is believed to be keen to work under Jose Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams, and with the Portuguese and the Colombian sharing the same agent in Jorge Mendes, a potential deal looks very likely, provided the Red Devils meet the price tag set by Real on the player.
However, a new English club seems to have further complicated things by entering the race for James’ services, in the form of Merseyside outfit Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp has been searching for attacking reinforcements for quite some time, and the German coach has already indicated that his club will be spending big in the upcoming summer window to challenge for both domestic and continental titles.
And according to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Liverpool could very well end up overtaking their arch-rivals Man United in this transfer race, due to the fact that the Anfield giants are the only club willing to meet the €60m release clause in the 25-year-old’s contract.
It remains to be seen, however, if Klopp can go all the way in luring James to Liverpool, or if Manchester United flex their massive financial muscle once again to come out on top as eventual winners.
Written by Kunal Kambli
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