World-class forward James Rodriguez won’t be picked by Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane again and Arsenal are keen to sign him, according to AS.
The Colombian’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu is coming to an end and the Gunners are interested alongside PSG and Atletico Madrid.
It’s thought that Arsenal lead the way, however, and although there is nothing concrete from any suitor, the Gunners have shown the most interest.
Rodriguez signed for Los Blancos in 2014, costing £71 million from Monaco. His move came on the back of a blistering World Cup where he claimed the Golden Boot.
In 125 appearances for the Spanish giants, he’s scored 37 goals and registered 42 assists, winning two league titles and the Champions League twice.
Zidane doesn’t fancy him, however, and now AS are saying Arsenal could be in the running for his signature.
It was reported this week that Atletico might be favourites to seal a £13.5 million deal but reports in the Spanish capital suggest nothing is close.
Rodriguez earns £250,000-a-week at Real Madrid and of course, that may represent a sizeable obstacle to the Gunners in the current financial climate.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will try and attract several new players this summer and adding some stellar quality in Rodriguez could give him every chance of leading the club back into the top four.
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For £13.5 million the tricky forward looks like a no-brainer; of course, the caveat to such a bargain is his gargantuan salary.
Arsenal might have a bit to play with if they can get some players through the exit door, however, and there could be a small possibility of a deal.
Rodriguez scored seven goals and registered six assists during the 2018/19 campaign at Bayern Munich and the 29-year-old just needs to rediscover some confidence.
Arteta is proving the master at making players feel ten feet tall and Rodriguez could be a masterpiece of a signing for the Gunners.