Liverpool eager to get Rodriguez on board
LIVERPOOL are the latest Premier League club to be linked with a move for Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, with the Colombian midfielder not expected to extend his stay in Munich.
Bayern Munich has decided against making the Colombian’s two-year loan deal in Bavaria a permanent transfer and the 27-year-old now finds himself back at parent club Real Madrid.
Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane does not appear to have Rodriguez in his plans going forward and now a number of clubs are thought to be monitoring the situation.
Liverpool are one of those interested, as Jürgen Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options at Anfield next season. However, the Reds will face competition for the South American’s services, with rivals Manchester United and Tottenham also being connected with the player.
Meanwhile, the owners of Premier League champions Manchester City are eyeing a stake in a Malaysian team to add to their growing portfolio of clubs, a sports official said yesterday.
Ferran Soriano — chief executive of City Football Group (CFG), which is bankrolled by Sheikh Mansour of the Abu Dhabi royal family — raised the possibility when he met Sports Minister Syed Saddiq in Malaysia on Thursday.
CFG already owns or has stakes in New York City, Melbourne City, Japan’s Yokohama F Marinos, Atletico Torque, Girona and Sichuan Jiuniu, as well as star side Manchester City.
City are flying high after winning the FA Cup last week, completing a domestic treble with the English league title and the League Cup.
“They are looking at the possibility of co-owning a Malaysian club,” Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, director-general of Malaysia’s national sports council, told AFP. The official, who was present at Thursday’s meeting, said he was “delighted and excited” at the news, adding: “We need [their] expertise.” — Sport24, AFP.
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