Reported Arsenal target James Rodriguez could leave Real Madrid for free in wake of the financial uncertainty caused by the global health crisis, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners could be set to bolster their ranks this summer given what a difficult season it has been for them, with Mikel Arteta steadying the ship after replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, is back with Real Madrid this season following his lengthy loan stint at Bayern Munich but is out of favour under Zinedine Zidane, having made just 13 appearances this term.
With football just one of the industries expected to be rocked in wake of current events, the Daily Mail reports that Real and Barcelona have set about cutting costs.
Real’s players have already agreed a 10 percent cut in wages between now and the end of the season, set to double if the season cannot be completed, while next season the club’s wage bill may have to be cut by as much as 30 percent, the outlet has reported.
The Daily Mail goes on to speculate that Rodriguez, as well as Gareth Bale, could be offloaded to cut costs, both players currently surplus to Zinedine Zidane’s requirements.
Rodriguez is undoubtedly a talented player, once considered to be amongst the best young players in the world, and on his day he is unplayable.
Admittedly he may haven’t had the best time at Real, while Bayern opted not to make his loan deal permanent, and he’s had his fair share of injury issues over the past few years.
However, Arsenal still ought to take a chance on the £63million man, particularly if it would just be a case of signing-on fees and wages – he would be a high-quality marquee signing which would create a huge buzz around the Emirates Stadium.
Rodriguez also has the Arsene Wenger seal of approval – in an interview with beIN Sports from 2014, as cited by The Mirror, he said: “I know Rodriguez well because he plays in the French Championship for Monaco and I was absolutely amazed by the quality of his games.
“For me it was the intelligence of his passing, the suppleness of him and the fluency of his game. It also was the speed of his decision making. The penetrative passes he made were just absolutely fantastic. You just wanted to see him have the ball and when you want somebody to have the ball it is always a sign of exceptional quality and he definitely has that.”