Arsenal planning to bring more quality to their midfield as a £63 million offer is on the table for the 27-year-old Colombian International James Rodriguez. According to reports from foxsports, Arsenal are leading the line to get his signature while they face fierce competition from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United.


The Colombian is on his second spell of a two-year loan deal at Bayern from Real Madrid. The Madrid star suffered from injuries and lack of game time so far this season. Considering his relationship with Niko Kovac, it is unlikely that the Bavarians sign him on a permanent basis. It is interesting to see whether James would go back to a struggling Madrid or make his way to the Premier League.

The turning point in his life was the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He scored 6 goals and 5 assists for his Country. No football fan can forget his wonder volleyed opening goal against Uruguay which won the FIFA Puskás Award. His splendid performance tempted Real Madrid to make another Galactico signing.

James often found his place at the bench under Zidane as he made Asensio and Isco regular starters in the eleven. Despite winning back-to-back Champion's League titles, he went to Bayern on a loan deal. After all, a player of his quality should be on the pitch and not warming up the bench.
James made an influential start for the Baverians on his first spell. He linked up perfectly in that number 10 role. Later injuries started to hunt him down. He found it hard to maintain his form and left out from the eleven oftentimes.

He scored 7 goals and produced 11 in 23 matches during his first spell in Bayern. In this season, he played only 8 matches and scored 3 goals so far. The difference is crystal clear and it is a matter of time for him to decide his next destination as Arsenal seems more likely.

Arsenal is in search of creativity for their team. As Aaron Ramsey nearing an exit at the end of the season and lack of stability for Ozil would tempt the Gunners to break their bank for the Colombian. But it is not clear whether the club can afford his signing, considering the huge salary of the current players especially the German Ozil.

James can make a formidable midfield with Xhaka and Torreira. He is intelligent and is capable of turning around the game with a touch. The Colombian can produce the perfect through balls and wide passes for the Laca-Auba duo to finish. Emery can use James as an attacking midfielder or as a right-winger.

No doubt that James is one of the best in his position. But the addition of the Colombian means the exit of Mesut Ozil from Emirates because of the similarity in their playing and to maintain financial stability. There are also rumours linking Denis Suarez of Barcelona to Arsenal. So most probably it would be Ramsey-Ozil duo out and Denis-James duo in.

As a fan, I would be happy to see this deal happen. James has the calibre to fill Ozil's void and his absence in important matches due to "mysterious injuries". Recently Emery dropped Ozil from the starting eleven and controversy regarding the player and the coach is on air. If Emery gets support from the board for the transfer, we could see James in Emirates soon. #COYG


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