Liverpool emerge as favourites for James Rodriguez

Liverpool have emerged as the new favourites to land Real Madrid’s unsettled Colombian star James Rodriguez.

The 25-year-old is not a regular under Real coach Zinedine Zidane, and has only started seven league games this season.

Jurgen Klopp is widely reported to be a fan of Rodruguez, who is considering his options and a move to England could very well appeal.

Rodriguez has also been linked with moves to Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain, Italy and China – but England could be an attractive option for him.

He was said to be interesting Chelsea, but Liverpool seem to be pushing ahead with their interest in Rodriguez – who has three-years left on his current deal at the Santiago Bernabeu and, although out of their first-team, would cost in excess of £50million.

A source close to Real Madrid has been quoted as saying “It seems Zidane is not satisfied with the player this season and has already asked for reinforcements in this position for next season.

“The player isn’t happy and it now appears a move in the summer is very feasible.”

Long-term future

Our Football Insider Graeme Bailey told us: “Zidane seemingly does not see a long-term future for the player at Real, and if they could cash in on him it would clearly give him cash to bolster other aspects of his side.

“Rodrigurez is clearly a huge talent and if Liverpool could attract a player of his calibre, it would certainly be a significant move. Sources close to Liverpool have refused to play down the interest, so this could very well be one to keep an eye on.”

Ladbrokes think there is a real possibility of Rodriguez turning up at Anfield, and they have made the Reds favourites to land him – not rated at 5/2 having previously been 6/1.

Ladbrokes News’ Dave Burin said: “Don’t be surprised to see Rodriguez swap La Liga for Liverpool this summer, with Klopp keen to boost his ranks and the Colombian out-of-favour at the Bernabeu.”


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