Arsenal and Liverpool were both two teams heavily linked with signing Eintracht Frankfurt star Sebastian Rode in the past.
In February 2013 The Sun reported that The Gunners were ready to place a £7.5 million bid for the player - Liverpool were also said to be keen, but by the time they became interested his value had reportedly rocketed to a whopping £18 million.
The combative defensive mifielder also had plenty of domestic sides checking him out - including Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.
But no surprises as to where he will actually be playing his football next season - Bayern Munich.
It was confirmed in January that Rode would be joining Bayern at the end of the season by his current club - with the club’s CEO saying the deal had already been agreed nine months previous.
Arsenal and Liverpool were very keen on the player - so hearing he will be going to Europe’s powerhouse for nothing, when he could have similarly done so for them, would not have been greeted with happy faces.
But they may have dodged a bullet.
Because in a sad twist of fate, just months before a career defining move, Rode has picked up what might be a career defining injury.
Rode has suffered severe damage to the cartilage on his right knee in the club’s tie with Werder Bremen at the weekend - but in his typical hardman manner he continued to play regardless.
That now seems to have cost him, as after folding to the floor at the final whistle he now requires surgery and will miss the rest of the season.
No length has been put on the recovery time - but it is believed he will be out for at least six to eight months to allow for recovery.
Cartilage injuries can stay with a player for a career - look at the likes of Ledley King - and Rode will have to manage his recovery time correctly and remain patient if he is to have a future top flight career at Bayern.
But for Arsenal and Liverpool, his burden is not on them - but they would undoubtedly wish him all the best in his recovery.
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