Liverpool are apparently set to go head to head with Arsenal in the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez, with the Colombian unwilling to make a permanent switch to Germany, according to a report from The Mirror today.
Rodriguez is thought to be discontent with life under Niko Kovac at the Allianz Arena and is also reportedly unwanted by parent club Real Madrid upon the expiry of his two year loan at the end of the season.
This leaves the 27-year-old open to a move away with the Premier League a likely destination. Although Arsenal are thought to be the favourites, Liverpool are also monitoring any potential developments in the situation.
Despite being valued at £58.5m by Transfermarkt, there is a clause in Rodriguez’s deal at Bayern which allows the move to be made permanent for £44.9m, yet with the midfielder not managing to be a regular for the Bundesliga champions, they are adamant about not paying the fee. Liverpool could thus sign him for a similar amount, especially as he is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.
Rodriguez shot to international prominence during the 2014 World Cup where he was a revelation for Colombia, picking up a Golden Boot and going on to win a Puskas award for goal of the year with his stunning volley against Uruguay.
Earning himself a move to Madrid, Rodriguez had a mixed tenure at the club, which has been a similar story to life at the Allianz, where his time has been marred by a lack of regular starts and inconsistency.
There is no doubting Rodriguez is a world-class talent with outstanding technical ability and should Liverpool manage to pull off a deal, it would be a highly exciting acquisition.