Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo understand Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal the green light to launch a bid for Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez.
Although a centre-back signing remains a huge priority for Arsenal before the transfer window closes in seven days’ time, but Wenger could still make do with an attacking addition to his squad.
Real Madrid reportedly want £51m for James, who moved to the Santiago Bernabeu from Monaco in 2014 for a fee believed to be around £71m. And that is not all. The Mundo Deportivo report claims Arsenal are the frontrunners for James’ signature as they are currently the closest to Real’s valuation of the Colombian international.
Arsenal’s North London rivals, Chelsea as well as Merseyside outfit Liverpool are keen on James and, Mundo Deportivo say the Reds have registered their official interests in the brilliant attacker. But Real president Florentino Perez believe Liverpool can not match the £51m asking price for James.
Now, Perez’s comment seems to have put Arsenal on the front as the likely destination of the 25-year old, who has been reportedly told by Zinedine Zidane he has only a secondary role under him at Real. James is currently behind the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio in the pecking order.
However, it is left to be seen whether James will accept the secondary role at Real or opted to move to a club which will offer him ample game time. It will also be intriguing to see if Arsenal will cough up the £51m Real are asking.