Liverpool have made an enquiry to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, but face competition from Chelsea, who Express say have already submitted a £60 million bid for the Colombian captain.
Rodriguez enjoyed a stunning debut campaign in La Liga following his 2014 move from Monaco, scoring thirteen goals and providing the same number.
However, a number of issues both on and off the pitch resulted in James falling out of favour initially with Rafa Benitez and then Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane, with the most notorious crime being an incident with Spanish police.
Rodriguez was flagged for speeding but ignored sirens issuing the 25-year-old to a halt, instead evading police in a high speed chase.
He then avoided his own court date in order to celebrate his birthday in Colombia last month.
Aside from wrecking his reputation off the field, on the pitch his performances were often sub-par and unimaginative.
However, Terry Gibson of Sky Sports can’t imagine that he nor his team-mate Isco will be sold in this window.
“They [Real Madrid] might be banned for two windows, I am not sure they would run the risk of selling of them,”
“From Zidane’s perspective, why would you want to sell? It’s tough to keep them motivated and happy, but at the same time you wouldn’t want to lose them particularly with this two-window ban.
“It would be a risk to sell either of them.”
Such a move would definitely be a coup for the Reds considering the fact that Jürgen Klopp’s side will not compete in European competition this season.
That being said, neither will Chelsea, leaving rumoured suitors Arsenal as the most likely candidates for his signature.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.