Real Madrid & Liverpool in talks to complete £66m summer transfer
The saga surrounding the future Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez has taken another twist, with reports emerging that Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign the Colombian playmaker this summer.
Los Blancos are believed to be keen to offload Rofriguez, who has seen his form in Spain dip over the past two seasons. His arrival was met with huge enthusiasm, after Real paid Monaco £73million after his stunning performances at the World Cup in 2014, but he has failed to live up to the billing overall.
Pic of James Rodriguez
The 25-year-old enjoyed his debut campaign under Carlo Ancelotti, but after the Italian was sacked, Rodriguez fell out of favour with his successor Rafa Benitez and has not won a major place in Zinedine Zidane’s plans since he took over in January 2016.
Zidane has led Real to two Champions League triumphs and a first LaLiga title since 2012 with James on the periphery, and the writing is seemingly on the wall for his future in the Spanish capital.
But his talent remains unquestionable and there is a long queue forming for his signature. Manchester United had been rumoured to be closing in on a deal, but their attention has mainly been on signing Romelu Lukaku from Everton. Juventus and Inter are also keen him, but it is Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool who are now in the driving seat.
According to the Metro, the Reds have been offered Rodriguez for £66million, making clear Real’s intention to recoup a sizeable amount of what they paid for him four years ago. The Anfield club are believed to be keen on signing him as they prepare for a return to the Champions League this season. Having as many players with that level of experience can only help them to progress through the competition.
Quite where James would fit in the side is a real question for Klopp, though. In Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool already have two very creative players, but the latter has been linked with a summer departure, which could both make space for and fund the Rodriguez deal.
But it is looking increasingly likely that Real Madrid will finally cash in on the player, who was linked with a move last summer. He has failed to step up and prove himself like his teammate Isco did last season and that clearly cost him in the eyes of Zinedine Zidane as he enters the next phase as Real boss.