Liver­pool ea­ger to get Ro­driguez on board

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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.

PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES

Bafana Bafana coach Stu­art Bax­ter has re­vealed why he did not in­clude Cape Town City striker Ker­mit Eras­mus (left) in his past squads.

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