James Rodriguez to Arsenal takes a massive step, sporting director delivers update

Arsenal have been handed a blow in their quest to sign Bayern Munich attacking midfielder James Rodriguez after the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic dismissed a January move for the Colombian, this is according to reports.

Speculations have continued to mount over the future of Mesut Ozil and it is said that the Gunners would replace the ex-Germany international with Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, who arrived Bayern Munich from Real Madrid on a two year loan deal in the penultimate summer is currently out of favour under Niko Kovac – he has managed to start only five games in the Bundesliga this season.

There were claims the Bavarians would terminate his deal and Arsenal take him on a six months loan deal for a fee of around £3million.

However, Salihamidzic has reiterated Bayern’s desire to keep the player within their fold this winter.

He was asked if Bayern would activate the £37m purchase option in Rodriguez’ deal and he said:

‘We will look at the second half of the season and we will draw the right conclusions.’

He was further asked if the club will buy the player in order to sell him for profit and he replied,

‘This is not Bayern’s style. ‘If we decide to sign a player, then he also remains a part of Bayern.’