James Rodriguez being offered to Liverpool
Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez. News circulating today that Liverpool are one of a number of sides who have been offered Rodriguez by his agent Jorge Mendes.
Other top European clubs who were also contacted include Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Inter Milan.
It is thought that Madrid currently want £66m for him, which could be reduced as Zinedine Zidane is keen for a deal for Rodriguez to be completed as soon as possible, which in turn could cause Florentino Perez to lower his demands.
Another factor that could influence the eventual transfer fee is that Madrid are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Dani Ceballos from Real Betis.
Rodriguez is looking to leave this summer after starting only 18 games in all competitions last season. The Colombia international has spent the past three years on the Spanish super club after joining them off the back of an impressive World Cup in Brazil.
But he’s failed to replicate the form which made him the 2014 tournament’s standout player and looks set to move away from the Bernabeu and join one of the other giants of Europe instead.
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If you believe other reports he could be considered a replacement for PSG bound Philippe Coutinho. Apparently Coutinho is on Unai Emery’s radar in case they fail in their pursuit of Monaco’s teen sensation Kylian Mbappe.
It was reported earlier in the week that Liverpool will only sell Coutinho if someone were to pay €100m and they can find an adequate replacement for him – Is this where James Rodriguez fits in?
Whilst Coutinho has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most influential attacking midfielders over the four years he has been on Merseyside there is always a feeling that he will eventually move on.
Liverpool are also after Naby Keita of RB Leipzig, but the Guinean midfielder’s style of play is not the same as the Brazilians.
So could Rodriguez be playing alongside or instead of Coutinho next season? I certainly hope alongside! Fortunately Liverpool are under no pressure to sell Coutinho. This season they return to the Champions League and will need the best squad available to battle on four fronts!