FRESH: Wenger Set To Replace Danny Welbeck With James Rodriguez

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Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Real Madrid Winger James Rodriguez, according to reports.

Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in strengthening is attacking options as he prepares to sanction the exit of Theo Walcott. Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has been touted as Wenger’s first choice option to replace Walcott but the French man has been alerted by the potential availability of Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.

The Colombian international has found life difficult under current Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. It is believed that the Colombian playmaker is not in Zidane’s long term plans and could be allowed to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

According to El Confidencial via Sport Review, the player’s agent Jorge Mendes has held talks with Madrid’s hierarchy as regards the player’s situation and he could be allowed to leave this summer.

Manchester City are reportedly interested in the playmaker and the Gunners would have to battle the Etihad side should Wenger step up his interest in the midfielder.

Wenger has reportedly been handed a massive war chest this summer and the French man has previously indicated his willingness to spend big should the right target be available.

Wenger signed Mesut Ozil from Madrid in the summer of 2013 for a fee of £42.5m and the French man will definitely swoop for the Colombian playmaker should Madrid indicate any interest to sell.

Rodriguez has scored 20 goals in 54 appearances for Madrid since moving to the club in 2014.

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