Arsenal remain interested in Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez over a summer move, according to the Daily Mirror.
They report that Rodriguez has hinted his preferred course of action at the end of the season – when his loan deal with Bayern Munich comes to an end – is to return to Real Madrid, however.
Rodriguez joined Real for a reported (BBC) £71m fee back in 2014 but fell out of favour under Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman has since left the club and the playmaker may fancy his chances of impressing Santiago Solari in the summer.
But Arsenal are reportedly keen to bring him to north London to freshen up a midfield which is about to lose Aaron Ramsey during the summer and cannot permanently accommodate Mesut Ozil.
The problem for Unai Emery is that Rodriguez would bring him many of the same problems that having Ozil does.
Both men are mercurial talents on their day, but need their teams to be formatted in the correct way around them and lack the dynamism Emery demands from his midfield.
Ozil’s talent is not in doubt – it’s his ability to buy into what Emery sees as his vision of a high-tempo, heavy-pressing Arsenal side that provides the issue.
And Rodriguez would face those same problems if he did leave Madrid to come to the Emirates, just as Ozil did back in 2013.