There had been speculation in a number of British tabloids of late linking Arsenal with a move for Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez, who is currently on-loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid. However, respected German football expert Raphael Honigstein has poured cold water on the story, suggesting it would be crazy for Bayern Munich to cut short their two-year loan deal at this point.
Arsenal does not have the funds to sign Rodriguez
We all now know that Arsenal can only make loan signings in the January transfer window. That leaves the question of how the Gunners could afford the Colombian international if boss Unai Emery is restricted to signing loan players.
It would be strange to suggest that Arsenal could sign Rodriguez on loan at this point in the season. Bayern have already paid a loan fee and would have little to gain by cancelling the deal with six months left. It just seems like the typical rubbish nonsense tabloid story that we often read about transfers.
It seems there are doubts over whether the Bavarians will sign the attacking midfielder this summer. However, that does not mean they are going to part company with him at this stage of the campaign.
Rodriguez would be a good signing
If this summer’s transfer activity were anything to go by the Gunners hierarchy would be unlikely to sanction a big money move for Rodriguez in the summer either. The Colombian international would be the sort of marquee player that would definitely add something to the Gunners attacking play if signed.
However, improving the teams attacking play in the summer will not be the priority. The priority in the summer will likely be to improve the team’s defensive options after another poor campaign in defence for the Gunners.
Looking to get over the first wobble of Emery’s reign
Arsenal are going through their first really tricky period under Spanish boss Unai Emery. The Gunners face Arsenal this evening in a crucial clash that they can ill afford to lose considering it would mean the fourth place Blues going nine points clear in the race for a top-four spot this season.
Securing a top-four spot this season would be a big achievement for Emery. However, the majority of people who have an association with the Gunners know that they are miles off where they want to be.
Signing players of the James Rodriguez would improve the quality of the Gunners squad. It seems though that the Gunners hierarchy are quite happy to be also-rans and hope that Emery overachieves in the head coach’s seat.
Would James Rodriguez be a realistic transfer target for Arsenal in the summer?