James Rodriguez has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, but the Spanish Media suggest that Perez doesn’t think Liverpool can afford the Colombian.
Liverpool haven’t spent big on a player this summer, but the Mundo Deportivo suggest that this isn’t because Klopp is unwilling to spend big money in the market, but instead because they simply can’t afford it.
The Reds have spent over £65 million this summer, with Saido Mane being their most expensive transfer at £35 million. Klopp has also signed Georginio Wijnaldum, Ragnar Klavan, and Loris Karius.
However, the Spanish newspapers report the Liverpool have inquired on the availability of James Rodriguez.
The Colombian is believed to be unsettled at the Bernabeu and a transfer away from the Spanish Capital seems imminent. Manchester United, West Ham, and Arsenal were all believed to be interested in the 25-year-old.
Liverpool, however, don’t have enough financial muscle to satisfy Perez’ requirements for selling Rodriguez, states the news source.
Madrid are willing to let the player leave for anything close to £60 million.
Manchester United seemed the most likely candidates to snap up the Colombian, but Mourinho has already splurged big this summer, and James doesn’t seem like a player likely to fit into the current Manchester United squad.
West Ham, the surprise candidates, may have the financial power to complete the move, but unless they offer a significant wage package, James is unlikely to join a mid-table club.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have also considered the 25-year-old. James would be a great addition to the Gunners, as they are currently looking for an attacker.
However, Wenger’s reluctance to spend big on a player, despite having the funds, means that James may not leave the Bernabeu at all this summer.
Jürgen Klopp isn’t a fan of spending big on players, as the German even criticized Jose Mourinho for breaking the world transfer record for Paul Pogba. But it could be just that Liverpool simply can’t afford to spend huge on a single player.