According to reports, Liverpool are confident of signing James Rodriguez this summer if they are able to finish in the top four this season.
Liverpool were linked with the signing of the magical Colombian last season but their failure to finish in the Champions League places meant they weren’t a desirable destination for a player who has won the competition with Real Madrid.
According to the Mirror, a source close to Real Madrid said, “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.”
It’s always difficult to trust a story when the source relied upon is someone close to the club. It means that it is difficult to verify the story’s validity and has to be taken in good faith.
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One thing is guaranteed, however, and that is James Rodriguez’ veritable talent.
If it’s true that Coutinho wants a move to Barcelona, replacing him with a player of Rodriguez’ ilk could actually prove to be a very wise move. Coutinho has proven to be very inconsistent in delivering the influential performances that have earned him so much attention in recent seasons.
On the other hand, James Rodriguez is world class. His performances with Colombia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil proved what he was capable of and he has been delivering the goods at Real Madrid ever since, despite limited game time under Zinedine Zidane.
Arguably the most likely stumbling block in any potential transfer for Rodriguez would be his price tag. The Mirror suggests that he would command a fee in the region of £65 million. Considering Liverpool’s record transfer fee of £36 million paid for Sadio Mané is almost half of what Real Madrid would be asking, I can’t see Fenway Sports Group sanctioning a deal for the Colombian magician.
I would love to see a player with Rodriguez’ technical ability playing at Anfield every week but given FSG’s history of not buying big, it seems a big stretch of the imagination to expect them to fork out almost £70 million for James Rodriguez.
Take this report with a healthy pinch of salt.