Arsenal are considering a loan bid for Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodriguez, according to reports in the English media.
Any offer for the Colombian international is said to rely on Mesut Ozil leaving the club, freeing up funds for the midfielder’s £3m loan fee and wages.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has hinted Rodriguez will be staying at the Bundesliga club until the end of the season, but fans on Twitter have been debating the merits of the move. Some believe it is a good idea:
Are we serious?
— Mr Robot (@MesutMalik1) January 16, 2019
— The True & Living (@_SonOfMars) January 16, 2019
Yes, go for it! @Arsenal
— Scratcher (@mrbergy3) January 16, 2019
James+Carrasco+Suarez and tell me they won't finish top 4
— TҺҿ Tŵҿҿt ŴҺ¡şƿҿrҿr® (@Farajj_Elshatt) January 16, 2019
Offload Ramsey and Elneny alongside other dead woods to enable us pay the wages if that is the case.
— Cyril🇳🇬 (@Mcpeter042) January 16, 2019
— Bōb Bărlęý 🇯🇲 (@GanjaManBob____) January 15, 2019
Other supporters think the club should be focusing on strengthening the defence:
What of defenders?
— Ebube (@EmmanuelObute) January 16, 2019
we should focus on strengthening our defense first
— 𝕂𝕖𝕟𝕣𝕚𝕚𝕚 (@itskenri) January 16, 2019
In any case, a deal for Rodriguez will be complicated to pull off even if the Gunners can find a club for Ozil. Bayern have a £37m purchase option in their two-year loan deal with Real Madrid.
Therefore, it will be up to the German club to terminate their agreement and for Real to accept Arsenal’s offer.