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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Sound Out James Rodriguez

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Liverpool’s committee to identify targets has reportedly set a sight on Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.

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When the dust finally settled after Philippe Coutinho spun Liverpool on it’s head and stole off to Barcelona, there was a nice chunk of change suddenly sat in the club’s coffers to go along with the needs-filling hole in the squad that was once the Brazilian’s. £146million. When will Liverpool decide to use that money to bring in a suitable or talent-level-appropriate player? Will it be another unicorn or someone more griffin-like. Don’t know. And I bet they won’t tell us either.

But it makes no difference. There are enough chatty people out there in the world who love to gobble up little bits of information and splice them all together into rumours and hearsay. It used to be a part of getting through the transfer window. Now, it’s basically a part of everyday until the sun explodes or expands or whatever the sun is going to do eventually. Don’t tell me. I want it to be a surprise.

Most recently floating in on the rumour wind is an eyebrow-raiser concerning Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez. The football gossips have placed the agent of James Rodriguez at a secret transfer meeting on the corner of Grapevine and Word On The Street where the talk was going down.

I can’t speak for the credibility of anything that comes out of Don Balon in Spain but their assertion is that Liverpool interest has been shown to Rodriguez.

The Colombian is currently on loan to Bayern Munich though, right in the middle of the first of two seasons he signed up for in Germany. This could complicate any proposed dealmaking. If Bayern refused to cut the loan short there isn’t much to be done.

But don’t overlook the suspicious connections to the Leon Goretzka business. If Bayern are able to sign Gortezka that puts a lot of pressure on Rodriguez to get into the team there. Liverpool lose out on Goretzka but hey, you know the guy who will be behind Goretzka in the Bayern pecking order? The guy on loan? Yep, he’s available.

I couldn’t speak to James’ being well-fitted to a Jürgen Klopp team. I read his name, see his picture, but I can’t say, aside from the odd Champions League appearance over the years, that I’ve noticed much about him. His time in Germany seems to be going swimmingly though as I’ve seen plenty about the player’s resurgence at Bayern under Jupp Heynches.

Fit for Klopp or not though, Rodriguez would not likely come cheap. Real Madrid paid £70million for him in 2014. It hasn’t been all sunshine and light for Rodriguez since then but he’s still a big name with a big salary.