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According to Spanish television show El Chiringuito, revealed Arsenal leads the race for the signature of Real Madrid’s unwanted playmaker James Rodriguez, having tabled an offer that falls just short of their €80 million (£69.8m).
In contrasting reports, Spanish publication Don Balon claims Liverpool are willing to stump up the full £52million to beat Arsenal to his signature.
The Colombian appears destined to leave Madrid this summer, having fallen so far down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane that he was left out of the squad entirely for the Champions League final.
Rodriguez, seemingly no longer wanted at Real Madrid, and may be forced to re-consider his options as he prepares for the next chapter in his career.
The 25-year-old already has ties to north London, having married Arsenal goalkeeper – and Colombia team-mate – David Ospina’s sister.
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