James Rodriguez, the Columbian striker, has emerged in the running as one of the many Arsenal targets. He seems likely to depart Real Madrid this summer, with Arsenal reportedly interested in signing the playmaker.
Having been left out in the squad that lost 2-1 to Manchester city, Spanish outlet AS claims James has played his last game for the Spanish giants.
Arsenal is keen on signing a striker cum playmaker this summer to bolster their firepower for the new season. It is evident as their dragnet circle Coutinho, Willian, and now Rodriguez.
It is on most tabloids that Willian has agreed to a three-year Arsenal deal but has not put pen to paper; consequently, anything could happen.
Willian is ‘upset and offended’ according to “The Mirror”, with how Chelsea has effectively ended his Stamford Bridge career. The Brazilian is reportedly close to signing for Arsenal as a free agent.
ESPN claims the 31-year-old wanted a three-year contract to stay with the Blues. Instead, Chelsea handed him a shorter term which opened the door for potential suitors to put forward their case.
It looks like Willian could renege and sign for Chelsea should they match his demands like Arsenal did. In light of that, Arsenal is not ready to put all their eggs in one basket. The scenario has prompted making contacts with Rodriguez’s agents to discuss a possible transfer.
On the flip side regarding Coutinho transfer, reports have it that Barcelona are willing to let him go on a cut-price as low as 9 million Euro. This is a player the bought two years ago from Liverpool more than 100 million Euros.
All these make sense of the link with Rodriguez as the transfer market bursts into life. The days ahead will effectively tell us who eventually goes where.
Who will sign for Arsenal? Days will answer that question.