After yesterday’s 3-4 loss at home to Liverpool, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal weren’t prepared enough, and hinted at new arrivals before the transfer window closes.
Arsenal fans across the world have been asking the club to sign a world class striker if the club is really interested in winning a title.
Arsenal have tried and failed at signing Jamie Vardy and Gonzalo Higuain, and are now looking to sign Leicester City’s Riyadh Mahrez, who was extremely crucial in the Foxes’ Premier League victory. However, Leicester have apparently made it clear that Mahrez will not be sold.
According to English news outlet Telegraph, Arsenal have therefore turned their attention towards Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.
The Colombian international signed for Real Madrid in 2014 from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, for a fee reported to be approximately in the region of €80m – making him the fourth most expensive player in the world, and third most expensive player in Real Madrid’s history.
James enjoyed a stellar first season, scoring 17 goals for Real Madrid. The 2015-2016 season, however, wasn’t good for James, as he was benched for a large amount of games, and only managed to score 8 goals in all competitions for the Los Blancos.
He has found himself out of favour with new manager Zinedine Zidane. However, the Frenchman, in an interview earlier this month, said that he does not want Rodriguez to leave Real Madrid.
Rodriguez himself, has said that he does not wish to leave Real either. He was quoted as saying: “I’m going to stay with Real Madrid; I’m going to triumph here. I know the club have had an offer of €85 million for me, but I’m not leaving.”
Will the Gunners be able to lure Rodriguez away, like they lured former Real Madrid play-maker Mesut Özil?