Liverpool and AC Milan are neck and neck in the race to sign £50m ace

Liverpool and Arsenal are joined by AC Milan in the race for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to reports in Italy

The Colombian international has reportedly ”fallen out” with Real boss Zinedine Zidane, despite coming off the bench to score the equaliser in the 86th minute against Barcelona in El Classico on Saturday.

James has been in the starting eleven just 14 times this season, scoring 13 goals and making five assists and it’s widely believed that he will quit Santiago Bernabeu during the next transfer window.

The Premier League duo are interested in Real’s No.10, but  Transfer Market Web claim they will face a tough competition from Serie A sleeping giants AC Milan, who are flush with cash after their recent takeover by a Chinese consortium.

Philippe Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona and it seems Jurgen Klopp’s side believe they can sign James if they qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal also have a deal in place for Rodriguez, as Mesut Ozil might change a workplace in the summer. The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is interested in the services of Colombian and the talented playmaker could, therefore, act as a sweetener.

Reportedly, despite the playmaker’s lack of action, nothing short of £50m (a steep fee for even the biggest clubs in the world) will prove enough to convince the Royal club to sell the 25-year-old.

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