After the 2014 World Cup, James Rodríguez was cited as one of the world’s brightest talents. A move to Real Madrid the following month would solidify that hype. However, the talented Colombian hasn’t excelled at the Bernabéu, as a result, he’s found himself at Bayern Munich on loan this season. When he returns, it’s reported that Los Blancos will look to ship him out again, perhaps this time permanently.
With that situation ongoing, a report by the Express who are also citing Don Ballon suggests Arsenal have emerged as a possible destination for James Rodríguez. It’s also reported that Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp could in be the running for the 26-year-old if he’s available this summer. It’s surprising that not many other clubs are in for James Rodríguez, but the doubt over his Real Madrid career could be a key factor in that.
During his time in Germany, James Rodríguez has started 13 league games in which he’s scored 4 goals and produced 6 assists. His good form has persuaded the higher-ups at Bayern Munich to consider signing him on a permanent deal at the end of the season. Jupp Heynckes has been impressed with his performances but believes the Colombian could still offer more. His current value is £72m according to transfermarkt which is a price all the interested clubs can afford.
However, it’s believed that James Rodríguez is interested in starting a career in England, with both Liverpool and Arsenal showing strong interest. Although it must be said that he would prefer to go back to Real Madrid if Zinedine Zidane can assure him for first-team football. Of course, the Frenchman’s future at the Bernabéu is unclear at the moment. So, if Zidane were to go, James Rodríguez may find more favour with a new manager.
And if he is to leave Real Madrid permanently and Bayern Munich do not sign him, I firmly believe Arsenal have a stronger chance of signing him ahead of Liverpool. This is because knowing Liverpool owners, they are unlikely to sanction such a deal unless someone is bringing in big money from sales. Aside that, they have Mane, Salah and Firminho who can play on the flanks when needed.
James Rodríguez would be an amazing coup for the Gunners. His signing would continue the trend of high-profile players coming to the Emirates. Arsène Wenger promised that Arsenal would now be in the position to compete for the signature of the best players in Europe and this signing would once again prove that.
James Rodríguez is a world class player that hasn’t been treated fairly at Real Madrid and Arsène Wenger is the perfect manager to bring him back to his best. Because on his day, James Rodríguez is a creative player that can play in every position across the midfield. His in-game intelligence makes him adaptable, versatile and good at reacting to opposing tactics.
The 26-year-old is most comfortable either as a LAM or centrally right behind the striker. For Arsène Wenger, this would force him to play the Colombian on the left as Mesut Özil is Arsenal’s chief creator in the middle. The thought of seeing Özil, Rodríguez, Mkhitaryan & Aubameyang is mouth-watering and would easily turn the Gunners into the most aesthetically pleasing team in the league.