Report: Arsenal insist on entering race for Real Madrid star

Arsenal are battling Juventus and Napoli to secure the summer signing of Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to a report by Spanish newspaper Marca.

The Gunners failed to land the Colombian playmaker last summer and will insist on pursuing his signature during the summer.

Rodriguez has made just 13 appearances during 2019/20 under Zinedine Zidane and his time at the Bernabeu looks to be over.

Arsenal will go in search of ball-playing midfielders during the summer and Rodriguez is tailor-made for that role.

The man who helped Colombia to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2014 can operate as a central midfielder or as a No.10.

Signing for Real Madrid just after that World Cup, he has scored 37 goals and registered 42 assists in 124 appearances for Los Blancos.

Arsenal faced a fight to reach the Champions League before the global health pandemic halted proceedings.

Under Mikel Arteta, they had gone nine league games without defeat and with momentum on their side, they would have fancied their chances.

Rodriguez would certainly improve the Arsenal ranks and his experience of playing at the highest level could shine through.

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