Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Real Madrid's James Rodriguez

Bayern Munich's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez  reacts during the German First division Bundesliga football match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Munich in Gelsenkirchen, western...

The Real Madrid winger is a key target for Unai Emery's Arsenal, according to reports.


James Rodriguez of Bayern Muenchen passes during a training session prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final first leg match against Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on...

According to a report from Spanish media outlet Don Balon, Arsenal are leading the race to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, and are willing to pay £40 million to bring him to the Emirates.

The lively winger is currently halfway through a two-year loan deal with Bayern Munich, and the Bundesliga outfit have first option to buy him.

Bayern Munich's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez (C) vies with Celtic's Swedish defender Mikael Lustig (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Celtic and...

They are still yet to activate said option, however, leaving the door open for Unai Emery's Arsenal to swoop in for Rodriguez, according to Spanish publication Don Balon.

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They do also claim that the Gunners will face stiff competition from a variety of top clubs for the 26-year-old's signature, however.

Good signing for Arsenal?

The simple answer to this question is yes.

Rodriguez is one of the most exciting attacking players in world football.

He is technically gifted, possesses a potent delivery, and plays with a certain type of pace and directness that would undoubtedly help the Gunners improve upon the potency of their play in the final third.

James Rodriguez of Colombia looks dejected as he is substituted off due to injury during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Senegal and Colombia at Samara Arena on June...

The Colombia international can play anywhere along the front-line, something that would allow Unai Emery to play with more in-game tactical fluidity.

And for the reported fee of just £40 million, it would surely be considered as excellent value for Arsenal.

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