Arsenal are keen on signing Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez for £3 million from La Liga giants Real Madrid. According to reports Bayern are willing to let the 27 year old cut short his loan spell and head over to the Emirates if his loan dues can be met.
The attacking midfielder was signed by Real Madrid from Monaco in 2014. His exploits in the World Cup raised the stakes and the Galacticos signed him for a then record £75m. Since the high-profile transfer it has been a silent phase of sorts for a player of his caliber.
In a short span of 3 years James Rodriguez was deemed excess to the squad and loaned out to Bayern Munich. His loan move to the German side yielded significant results in the first season itself as he was involved in 8 goals and 14 assists in 39 games across all competitions.
However, since the arrival of Niko Kovac as the new manager, James Rodriguez ‘s shares seem to fallen drastically and now it appears as if the talented 27year old Columbian playmaker’s talents are being unnecessarily wasted after having received just seven starts this season with the latest one coming back in November 3.
According to some media outlets, Arsenal are reported to be very much interested in securing his services and are targeting a move for the 27-year-old James Rodriguez in the January window. His tussle in securing a place in the playing XI and frustration of being benched more often than being played may just facilitate a move in Arsenal’s favour.
This could provide for a key balance between the midfield and the forwards keeping in mind the versatility of the Colombian. The current Arsenal squad looks weak, drained out and devoid of ideas at the moment and they badly need to add reinforcements in all fields. The creative department has a big void in the absence of Mesut Ozil, who has blatantly been left out of the match day squad far too many teams this season in the name of tactical purposes.
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They are still unclear on whether to sign Denis Suarez or loan him for the remainder of the season allegedly due to lack of funds and Barcelona’s reluctance in letting him leave for anything other than a permanent deal. He has been their primary target for a while now but Barcelona are pressing for a permanent deal or a firm commitment for their valuation to be met in the summer for any move to go through, whereas the gunners have so far only shown interest in a simple loan move this month.
James Rodriguez s struggles to cement his place in the German side may pave way for a move towards the Premier League side. Any move for James in this window would signal a clear intension about the Arsenal hierarchy pushing for an exit of the fan favorite Mesut Ozil. The Arsenal No 10 is presently undergoing a pretty rough season with frequent altercations with the manager and a move for James would clearly signal an end to his Arsenal career.
Further more a bizarre rule on FIFA’s part allows Arsenal to actually push for a player who is owned by one club on loan to another club by paying just the £3m of the £11.5m loan fee agreed by Bayern Munich with Real Madrid for the services of the Columbian for the two years. Given that Arsenal can only sign players on loan this season, a move for a player of James Rodriguez could actually be what to need to salvage their season and galvanise the players in making a strong push for the top four places between now till the end of the season.