Transfer Madness – Arsenal Set To Have Table Club Record Bid For UCL Winner

Updated: August 8, 2016

Given Arsenal’s struggles to acquire attacking talent during this summer’s transfer window, odd rumours were bound to pop up in the midst of failed approaches for the likes of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

So perhaps it’s not much of a surprise to hear that Marca, via The Telegraph have decided to put Arsenal as a potential suitor for both James Rodriguez and Isco. The talented pair have failed to impress Zinedine Zidane since the Frenchman took over from Rafael Benitez during last season, and rumours of exits being on the cards for both the Colombian and Spaniard have been doing the rounds in the Spanish press of late. El Confidencial went big on a rumour of their own and suggested that Manchester United had bid big money for Rodriguez just last week, too.

The report claims:

“Marca claimed that an unnamed club made a £71m bid had been made for Colombian, James Rodriguez, with Arsenal emerging as the favourites after manager Arsene Wenger claimed that money was not an issue when it came to the transfer window.

Similarly, Isco’s predicament at the Bernebeu has interested Arsenal, and with the North London club being long-term admirers of the midfielder, they could look to capitalise on his situation.”

It’s a pretty tenuous link at best. Just because an ‘unnamed club’ have bid for Rodriguez doesn’t mean that it’s Arsenal because the club has money to spend. It’s also particularly ridiculous to consider that any club would wish to spend £71m on a player who has endured such as frustrating a few seasons as Rodriguez. The Colombian was bought for €83m (£71m according to BBC) in 2014 on the back of a superb display in the World Cup in Brazil, but has failed to live up to his superstar billing and struggled to impose himself in Real Madrid’s starting XI.

The price is ridiculous, even with inflation it suggests that his value has gone up somehow even after his turbulent time at the Bernabeu. Arsenal might have use for another attacking talent who has found life in La Liga difficult; just look at Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, but not for this price. Rodriguez has been rumoured to be on the way out of the Spanish capital for some time, and a deal with Arsenal to bring him to the Premier League isn’t a preposterous notion, but Wenger will surely be put off if that is indeed Rodriguez’s price tag.

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