Arsenal and Everton face a huge fight on their hands if they want to sign James Rodgriguez, with Le10 Sport claiming that PSG have now entered the race to sign the Colombian star.
Rodriguez is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer. After spending time with Bayern Munich – who chose not to take up an option to sign him – the midfielder is out of favour under Zinedine Zidane in the Spanish capital.
The 29-year-old is thought to have a wide range of options when it comes to his next move. Serie A, La Liga, and Premier League clubs are all said to be keen on Rodriguez.
Indeed, back in April, it was reported by the Express that while Arsenal were the biggest challengers in England for his signature, both Everton and Wolves were also not shying away from making a move.
However, news of PSG’s interest could well scupper plans for Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti. The French giants have money to burn, so covering Rodriguez’s massive wage will be no issue.
Furthermore, Le10 claims that the French giants have ‘excellent relations’ with Madrid through the sporting director, Leonardo.
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Whoever signs James Rodriguez knows they are going to have to pay out a hefty sum in wages. He’s on a huge packet in Madrid and it’s unlikely he will want to see a major drop in his weekly takings.
It means Arsenal could struggle to accommodate him, especially if they can’t move Mesut Ozil on. For Everton and Wolves, it would be a marquee signing of the highest order but, again, wages would be an issue.
With PSG now sniffing, don’t be surprised to see Rodriguez wind up in Paris on a similar, if not better, contract.