English Premier League (EPL) club Arsenal are reportedly interested to offer Real Madrid a transfer fee of $67.86 million to acquire the services of James Rodriguez. The Colombian playmaker is not wanted at the Santiago Bernabeu and reports in Spain are suggesting that they have quoted the Gunners and another Premier League club, Chelsea that the player is available for the above mentioned price.
James has fallen out of favor at Real Madrid, ever since Zinedine Zidane has taken over the manager’s mantle. The Frenchman has already made his intentions clear that the Colombia international will not feature in his first-team plans for the upcoming season. Despite Chelsea showing their interest, reports suggest that Arsenal are the most keen to sign the player, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
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It has also been reported that Chelsea has offered Real Madrid as sum of $79 million for the player. However, David Ospina, who is the backup goalkeeper at Arsenal and is also the brother-in-law of James has been insisting the player to reject the Blues and sign for the Gunners, according to AS.
It is strange to see that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is interested to sign another attacking midfielder at the club, when the more pressing concerns for the Frenchman is the striker and center-back position. The Gunners already have the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Carzola, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey at the position.
However, with recent lackluster performances, a marquee signing could change the atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium and could revive the team’s performance. James can fit right in the Arsenal starting XI sharing the creative responsibilities with Ozil, who looks to be lost sometimes during matches.
James can play both on the wide as well as a No. 10, behind the main striker. He can provide technical flair and goals to his team as he has shown at the 2014 FIFA World Cup for Colombia, before he made his move to Real Madrid.
Wenger may not be able to sign a world-class striker before the end of the transfer window. But, signing James would show a major intent by the club and would also calm down the fans, who are desperate to see quality arrivals.