Liverpool handed chance of securing £40m-rated midfielder’s services

James Rodriguez has ruled out a permanent move to Bayern Munich at the end of the campaign, leaving his career up in the air.

The Colombian midfielder has spent the past two years on loan at Allianz Arena from European Champions Real Madrid, where he is unwanted.

Zinedine Zidane’s return to Santiago Bernabeu dugout, combined with the arrival of fellow non-EU footballer Eder Militao, is understood to have ended any hopes the Colombia international had of breaking back into the Spanish giants’ first-team squad next campaign.

Despite a vast improvement in form at the Bavarians in recent months, though, Marca reports that the 26-year-old is not interested in staying on in South Germany.

Bundesliga champions have the option of signing the playmaker on a permanent deal for £36 million, and that is the sum Real Madrid are looking to recoup if another interested club step forward with a proposal.

Serie A giants duo Juventus and Napoli are said to be leading the running to sign the former Monaco ace, while Liverpool are also monitoring developments and the only reason the Reds hesitated was the huge transfer fee.

But now it seems that Real Madrid are not in a strong negotiating position as they are forced to let James Rodriguez leave and Jurgen Klopp will be very happy to welcome the 2014 World Cup star at his side if the South American is set to move.

The Real Madrid star would be a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who Jurgen Klopp was so desperately searching for.