Arsenal are reportedly hoping to secure a loan move for Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez, who is on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid.
According to a report by Daily Mail, James Rodriguez could be set for a shock move to Arsenal in the ongoing transfer window. The Gunners are plotting a loan move for the Colombian playmaker, who is believed to have no future at Bayern Munich and could be out on another permanent deal away from Real Madrid.
James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich on loan from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017, having fallen out of favour under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane. The player’s stint with Die Roten did start in fine fashion, having established himself as a regular under both Carlo Ancelotti and Jupp Heynckes.
But, with Niko Kovac at the helm now, things have not gone as smoothly for James, who has managed to start just 7 games this season. And, if widespread speculation is anything to go by, Bayern Munich are not too keen to make his stay at Allianz Arena a permanent one in the summer. James though, could be on his way this month itself, if Arsenal have their way.
The Gunners have been rumoured to be in the market for attacking reinforcements. But, most of the speculation has been concentrated towards bolstering the wide areas, instead of central playmakers. However, the interest in the Real Madrid loanee is perhaps stemming from Mesut Ozil’s uncertain future at Arsenal.
The German playmaker has been heavily linked with Inter Milan, and his departure could open up a slot in the first-team setup, which can be filled by James Rodriguez. And, as per the report, Arsenal can take over Bayern Munich’s loan deal by paying the remaining £3 million of the £11.5 loan fee that is supposed to be paid to Real Madrid.
While Bayern are not too keen on making James’ stay at Allianz Arena permanent, the report suggests that they would be open to the idea of letting the Colombian playmaker leave midway through the season too. The loan deal suits Arsenal too, especially with Unai Emery recently confirming that the Gunners will only be making temporary deals in January.
The £3 million loan fee is unlikely to pose a problem, and it remains to be seen if Arsenal try and swoop James on loan from Real Madrid. What appears certain is that the Colombian international’s days at Bayern Munich are numbered.