According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Arsenal are pondering a big money bid for Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodriguez. The Colombian is currently on-loan at the Bavarian club from Real Madrid.
The German giants have an option to purchase the player on a permanent deal. However, Bayern look unlikely to decide to exercise their right to extend the playmaker’s stay in Bavaria beyond the summer.
The 27-year-old has endured a mixed spell with the German giants. Reportedly, the player wished to open talks with Bayern about his long-term future.
A replacement or Mesut Ozil
Some sections of the media are touting Rodriguez as a potential replacement for German international playmaker Mesut Ozil, who has recently been in and out of favour with Arsenal boss Unai Emery.
Ozil has only signed a new long-term deal in the last year, so he is tied to the north London club for a good while yet. However, the German does not seem to fit into boss Emery’s style of play and there is speculation that the midfielder could leave this summer.
James Rodriguez is a slightly different player. He is a highly versatile and skilful forward player who would add a touch of flair and creativity to the Gunners team. It would be hard to claim that he is a better player than Ozil, but it would be fair to say he is of better quality than Arsenal’s other attacking midfield options.
Despite his seeming failure to make it at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich Rodriguez is still highly rated and would definitely bring quality to Arsenal attack. The likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would thrive on Rodriguez’s creativity.
Likely to cost a big fee
James Rodriguez cost Real Madrid a fee of around £63million in 2014. However, his value has dropped due to his inconsistent form in Madrid and Munich. Despite his drop in value, at 27 years old he is just entering the prime of his career.
Real Madrid are unlikely to accept a significant loss on a player, who could still have a part to play next season with a new head coach likely to be in charge. James Rodriguez is a luxury player, who on his day is a matchwinner. However, I am not sure that the Arsenal hierarchy will be willing to splash out a major fee on one player next summer considering the lack of investment last summer.
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