Betting update: Liverpool clear favourites to sign world-class playmaker after drop in odds
By Alex Stevens
Liverpool are clear favourites to sign Real Madrid sensation James Rodriguez this summer, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Bet Victor have placed odds of 3/1 on the Merseyside giants landing the Colombia international before 3 September.
This puts Liverpool ahead in the betting of fellow Premier League big hitters Chelsea, who are 5/1, and Manchester United, who are 6/1, while any super-rich Chinese club are 8/1.
Manchester City (12/1), Bayern Munich (14/1) and Arsenal (16/1) are more distant in the betting to capture the proven goal scorer and creator, who is widely regarded as a world-class playmaker.
The drop in Liverpool’s odds to sign Rodriguez comes after Sky Sports’ Spanish expert Guillem Balague revealed in a question-and-answer session on the broadcaster’s website last Friday that the club are keen to land the 25-year-old.
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Balague claimed Manchester United are also pushing hard to sign Rodriguez for what could be a relatively bargain £30million fee in the forthcoming transfer window.
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Balague, who is renowned as a transfer expert, explained that Real want to cash in on the Colombia international and are even willing to accept a massive loss on the £64million fee they paid for him after his stunning displays at the 2014 World Cup.
His contract at Real runs until the summer of 2020.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has not paid huge sums of money on players since taking over at Liverpool in October 2015, but sanctioned the £35million capture of Sadio Mane and the £25million signing of Georginio Wijnaldum last summer.
Rodriguez has slipped down the Real pecking order this season as manager Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that he is not a first choice.
He was an unused substitute in the club’s 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Atletico Madrid last weekend.
Nevertheless, the number 10 has a creditable record of six goals and 13 assists from 25 matches in all competitions in 2016-17.
By comparison, Rodriguez scored 17 goals and provided 18 assists in 46 appearances in his first season at Real, followed by a less impressive eight goals and 10 assists from 32 games in the last campaign.
In 53 appearances for Colombia, he has also scored 18 goals in 53 matches, including some memorable strikes in the 2014 World Cup that made him a household name.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a Bundesliga sensation reportedly on Liverpool’s radar has sealed a summer switch.