Everton have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to Spanish publication AS.
The 28-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu and the Premier League duo are preparing to pounce.
Rodriguez has started just four times in the league this season. Zinedine Zidane has preferred other players and a departure looks likely.
The report claims that is will take close to £47 million to lure the Colombian to the Premier League.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta would love to bolster his squad with such a stellar recruit, whilst Toffees incumbent Carlo Ancelotti would also love to sign such a star attraction.
Both clubs are on 30 points in the Premier League and will need a mini-run of form if they are to push towards Europe.
Rodriguez has won one La Liga title and two Champions League titles since arrived in the Spanish capital.
In 122 appearances for Los Blancos, he has scored 37 goals and registered 41 assists.
One stumbling block for either club could be the salary which the man with 76 international caps earns. At Madrid, he collects £200,000-a-week (Express) and that could prove problematic.
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Arsenal are badly underperforming this season and are in desperate need of a lift.
Signing Rodriguez, even if only on loan, would go a long way towards raising morale and he could prove the perfect addition.
Arteta’s team are drawing a lot of games and need a lift in order to kick-start some of those draws into victories.
Rodriguez can operate out wide or through the middle and his flamboyance would make him an attractive signing.
Everton’s interest seems a little ambitious.
Rodriguez will surely see more in Arsenal that suggests they are more likely to make a late charge towards a European place.
Arteta is starting out on his managerial journey and Rodriguez might see the Gunners as a project he wants to be a part of.