Bayern To Pass Up On Colombian
Colombia international forward James Rodriguez could be on his way to the Premier League next summer.
The 27-year-old is currently in the second season of a two-year loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid. Bayern have an option to purchase Rodriguez when the loan expires next summer for a fixed fee of £38million. However, the Bundesliga side have already decided against making the move to incorporate him into the side next season and will only trigger the option if they have a buyer lined up for a higher price elsewhere.
Already there is speculation over a move to England.
Bayern are having an uncharacteristically difficult time in the Bundesliga this season. They lie in fifth place five points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
Rodriguez has started just five of Bayern’s 11 league games this season and come on as a substitute in three others. He is currently sidelined with a knee injury that looks set to keep him out until the end of January when the Bundesliga returns from its winter break.
He started 19 league games last season along with four substitute appearances.
Manchester United were linked with Rodriguez as long ago as 2012 when he was with FC Porto in Portugal. But the Red Devils have retained an interest in the Colombian since then although the belief at Old Trafford has always been that he hasn’t been worth the sort of fee being demanded for him.
He left Porto for Monaco in 2013 before making the switch to Real Madrid after the 2014 World Cup in a deal worth €80million – at the time worth £64million.
Speculation has also linked Rodriguez with Liverpool in the past.