Quite possibly. The Standard is reporting that The Gunners are being encouraged to make a move for the out of favour Colombian international.
The deal seems to solely rely on whether Unai Emery gets his wish: offload Mesut Özil. The former-German international is taking up a large chunk of Arsenal’s wage bill. On the day £90,000 per week Stephan Lichtsteiner turns 35, it surely must be possible to offer players such as Lichsteiner or Mohamed Elneny, who only play in the domestic competitions or the Europa League, to clubs.
They’re decent players but when their combined wage bill is almost £200,000 pounds per week you’ve got to think there are better options than selling on Özil. James Rodríguez has six-months left on his current two-year loan deal with Bayern Munich from Real Madrid. 30 games in nearly two years, his last start at the beginning of November, is not the football Rodríguez desired when he agreed to the loan move.
The feeling is that Arsenal would have to pay upwards of £3m if they were to ‘hijack’ Bayern Munich’s current loan deal with the Colombian star. There is a vast uncertainty as to whether Arsenal are even able to afford that, but if Unai decides that’s who he needs, they’ll have to make exceptions, even if that means Mesut Özil departing The Emirates.
Emery has suggested he wants a versatile winger, Ousmané Dembélé seems the target, and a central defender. However, his press conference last week shed light on Arsenal’s financial issues, a loan deal seems more likely than a permanent deal.
James’ Style of Play
A playful left foot and vision comparable to Arsenal’s current number ten, James Rodríguez may have been starved of playtime, but when he has made an appearance, he has shown his quality…
Bayern Munich Appearances (2017/18) – 23
Goals – 7
Assists – 11
Key Passes (per game) – 2.8
He plays in that attacking midfield role but can also be utilised on the right-hand side, using his world-class left boot to cut inside and open chances/have a shot at goal.
When a player like James Rodríguez comes available, you should do all you can to secure a deal. If Arsenal can manage to make it work, they need to take James.