Liverpool challenge Manchester United for £52 million attacker

According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Liverpool are interested in £52 million rated Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez but will face stiff competition from Manchester United.

Yeeeah, right. With Jürgen Klopp looking at dropping nearly £100 million on Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk, I find it extremely difficult to imagine the German coach spending a further £52 million on James Rodriguez.

Don’t get me wrong, the Colombian is a superb attacking talent – truly world class in every sense of the word. Yet, with Liverpool’s wealth of attacking midfield options, it’s not a likely route for the Reds to take, is it?

As per Don Balon, James Rodriguez is looking for a move away from the Bernabeu with game time limited. Liverpool are understood as being willing to meet is huge £52 million valuation but that the playmaker prefers a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Rodriguez is keen to work with Jose Mourinho and this would prove to be a stumbling block for Liverpool in the event that the Reds interest proved to be anything more than paper talk.

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Regardless of whether or not Liverpool’s interest in James Rodriguez is of substance or not, the Reds don’t need a player in the Colombian’s mould anyway. With Philippe Coutinho set to play a deeper, more creative midfield role next season, Liverpool have a greater need for a winger with bags of pace.

And that’s exactly what they would find if a deal for Mohamed Salah was pulled off. The Egyptian winger is one of the fastest players in Europe and would deal major damage up front for Liverpool if he was signed.

Despite the fact that the transfer window doesn’t open for another three weeks, Liverpool supporters are getting hugely panicky about the club’s chances of signing Virgil Van Dijk. Southampton reported the Reds to the Premier League yesterday for an alleged illegal approach to the player.

It is possible that the Saint’s drastic action could be merely a way to appease supporters who felt aggrieved at Liverpool signing yet another of their players. That being said, time will tell what will develop in the latest transfer saga with Southampton.

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