Arsenal could secure services of James Rodriguez for very small fee

Arsenal could secure the services of Columbian midfielder James Rodriguez for less than £3 million, according to reports.

That sum would be for a loan until the end of the season rather than a permanent deal, but it could be a very tempting punt on a player who was once considered in the top bracket of global talent.

The 27-year-old is in his second season at Bayern Munich on a two-year loan from Real Madrid.

According to Mail Online, Bayern are thought to have paid about £11.5m for the privilege – translating to less than £3m for six months – and it would cost them another £39.5m to buy him at the end of that period.

Manager Niko Kovac is not picking him regularly, which means there might be little resistance if Arsenal boss Unai Emery pursues his apparent interest.

The Gunners’ attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil didn’t even make the squad against West Ham at the weekend, which appears to indicate his days at the Emirates could be up if they can find a suitor.

In other Arsenal news, goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old Czech international holds the Premier League’s all-time clean sheet record, with 202.

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