Arsene Wenger ‘approves’ move to sign £51m world class attacker

By on August 24, 2016

According to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal are in pole position to sign James Rodriguez after Arsene Wenger gave his approval to a move that could cost us £51m this summer.

The general consensus is that Wenger is looking to bring in a centre-back and striker before the transfer window closes next week but we’ve struggled to get deals agreed for our key targets.

Our striker search in particular appears to have hit a dead end and it’s led to speculation that the boss may change tact and target an attacking midfielder instead and push Alexis Sanchez in to a more central role at times this season.

If that’s the case, then Mundo Deportivo’s report would make a lot of sense as they claim that Arsenal are now in pole position to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid after Wenger ‘approved’ the move.

The Spanish outlet suggest that the likes of Liverpool, AC Milan and PSG have all shown an interest in Rodriguez but Madrid don’t believe Liverpool or Milan can afford their £51m asking price, while the player has no interest in moving to France.

Mundo Deportivo claim that Chelsea are also in negotiations with Madrid, but any potential deal with the west Londoners is complicated by the Spaniard’s interest in Eden Hazard.

Therefore, the report suggests that Arsenal are in pole position after Wenger supposedly gave the green light to signing the Colombian international with our offer understood to have come closest to Madrid’s £51m valuation.

It’s difficult to know how much truth there is behind this report but the speculation surrounding Rodriguez is intensifying and Arsenal seem to be right in the thick of it all.

He isn’t the goal poacher we desperately need but he would still be an exciting signing if we could pull it off as he’s a world class talent and I could see him flourishing at Arsenal alongside the likes of Ozil and Sanchez.

Rodriguez has fallen out-of-favour at Madrid and while Zidane has indicated he’d like to keep hold of him, the fact he’s left him on the bench for their first two games speaks volumes – especially since Ronaldo hasn’t even been available.

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The Mundo Deportivo article says that Madrid president Florentino Perez wants Rodriguez’s wages off their books and is so keen to cash-in, that he’s lowered his asking price to £51m so it certainly seems like there’s a deal to be done.

Rodriguez needs a fresh start and at 25, he still has his best years ahead of him so I’d love to see him come to Arsenal. If we can’t land a top class striker, then signing Rodriguez is the next best thing….


  1. Wolfgang

    August 25, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Wait till it happens. I have lost faith in Wenger signing players to
    boost Arsenal.
    Don’t be surprised to see him buy castoffs on the tw deadline.
    Campbell and Silvester to mind and how umbelievable it was that these 2 could help Arsenal against Barca.
    Now how did Matteo beat Barca. Ask yourself if Wenger can ever win the cl. Not in amillion years.

  2. komagum innocent

    August 25, 2016 at 5:24 am

    We need change for Arsenal, who told you that if you go with 2500/=UG shs a good meat for 10000=/UG

  3. Emmanuel Sanchez

    August 25, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I Hope Arsenal Can Do Well, Wenger Should Just Get The Right Players Thats All

  4. ado idi

    August 25, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Let him finished the deal he is a shrewd business coach.

  5. mwinyi shee

    August 25, 2016 at 8:21 am

    if wenger cant sign let him go

  6. Lincoln

    August 25, 2016 at 10:30 am

    It is a big lie, you journalist just keep on writing rubbish to stir up fans against Arse Wenger. If he will not pay up to £40 for Lacazette, how will he pay £51 for Rodriguez, when we all know that the former is a better striker?

  7. Bakalikwira lameck

    August 25, 2016 at 10:41 am

    i dont see that working out may be on Toprak and Perez i would believe

  8. Delford Magaya

    August 25, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Of all the attacking players, that are on the list of Arsenal, Draxler is the player that can improve Arsenal attacking flayer. He is still young but look at what he has archived at national lever at his age.

  9. Adoli david

    August 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Wenger please sign the following james Rodriguez Mustafi and Lucas Perez.

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  11. William david

    August 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    we want changes to arsenal…. arsenal Wenger should invest in football….more skillful players is needed…we need a striker like griezman….leowndosky and the like

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  13. Carl

    August 25, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Wenger will buy another teenager.

  14. Werner

    August 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    It Wil never happen. Just another ploy by Wenger to turn around and say he tried. Wel try harder idiot. If you are not going to buy a striker. Buy a winger and midfielder who can score more. Wengers bad attitude is catching up to him. He Wil struggle this season

  15. MORLAI Koroma

    August 25, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Resign wenger,leave arsenal it’s not you dads property,

  16. Moses S. Ben Jr.

    August 25, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I tell you for real Wenger will not sign a any classical player til the window closes. What a shame on him.shameless oldman the longest serving coach in the league can’t prove his self.

  17. Elvis Matt

    August 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Arsene Wenger is a very stubborn coach, his transfer policies are really affecting arsenal. I also think that he is outdated in thoughts, therefore he should honorably resign than dragging arsenal further backwards.

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  19. meshack onderi

    August 25, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    me am tired wenger plis sign the money is there higuan,lecazttte,ibrahinovic,mustafi,the list is endless is it that you are the majority share holder please explain…….

  20. Alexzander

    August 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Wenger can sign any player on paper not in real life.
    We are watching him.
    Am not even sure that he is true source of the news.

  21. faisal ali ASHINDA

    August 25, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Still speculations nothing completed yet

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