Arsenal have made contact over a potential swoop for sign Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez, according to the Independent.
The Gunners are in need of a new creative influence on the side because Aaron Ramsey looks set for Juventus, while Mesut Ozil is out of favour and they are reportedly keen on Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is currently out on loan at Bayern Munich – but it is believed that the Germans would be open to letting him leave early – although the player apparently wants to fight for his Bernabeu place.
But with Real reportedly targeting Christian Eriksen – of bitter rivals Tottenham – Rodriguez may have no choice but to move, handing Arsenal a major boost in the chase to get their man to replace Ozil.
The report claims that Rodriguez may be offered to Tottenham as a sweetener in any deal for Eriksen, but Arsenal will hope that their early interest tips the balance and convinces the Colombian to join them.
In the same way that Gareth Bale’s switch from Spurs to Real allowed the Gunners to sign Ozil in the first place, back in 2013, a similar chain may end up with Rodriguez moving to the Emirates Stadium.
Shrewd negotiator Daniel Levy may try to negotiate a part-swap deal, but if Rodriguez moves to Arsenal, his sights would likely need to be trained on Isco.