James Rodriguez’ agent, Jorge Mendes, has told Chelsea and Arsenal that the Colombian will cost them nothing less of £65 million.
Real Madrid were initially unwilling to sell the 25-year-old, but fresh reports claim that Arsenal and Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit for the Colombian.
Jorge Mendes, the agent of James Rodriguez and several other high-profile players, has told the English clubs that James could leave Madrid, only if they pay up £65 million.
In today’s transfer market, £65 million isn’t a huge price tag, considering Higuain and Pogba both cost more than that. However, it still does come with risk.
Wenger has recently been under fire from the Arsenal fans due to his inactivity in the transfer market. The Gunners have been seeking a high-profile attacker ever since the start of the transfer window.
Higuain was a potential candidate to fill in the spot, but Wenger missed out on the Argentine, who opted for a mega-money move to Juventus instead. Arsene also failed to sign Alvaro Morata, who rejoined Real Madrid this summer, after Zidane activated the Spaniard’s buy-back clause.
The Gunners boss also missed out on the chance to sign French striker Alexandre Lacazette as well, as Wenger believed the striker to be too expensive.
Wenger spoke about his attacking options after his side’s 4-3 loss to Liverpool on the opening day of the Premier League.
“We need some players back and of course, I’ve said many times before we are working very hard still to get one or two more players in,” said the Frenchman.
“It’s always desperate because there’s not much time left but I don’t know what you’d call desperate, it has to make sense and be quality.
“We’ve done that [spent big] before, but it’s about identifying the players and the availability of the players.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea look set to re-sign their former attacker Romelu Lukaku from Everton. The deal could cost Conte at least £75 million.
Should the Blues not sign Lukaku this summer, Conte would most probably turn to James Rodriguez as the next best option.