Arsenal & Man City battle it out for one of Colombia’s top stars [El Confidencial]

James, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Man City

Adios James Rodriguez?

Spanish paper El Confidencial today turn attention towards Real Madrid, and more specifically Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez.

The central narrative in the article is confirm what’s been thought to be true for some time: James has no future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The paper reveals that James’ agent, Jorge Mendes, has recently sat down with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez about his client.

While the attacking midfielder is under contract until 2020, this season has been dire for the player. He fell out with Rafa Benitez, while under Zinedine Zidane, James has mainly found himself on the Real Madrid bench.

El Confidencial claim James has “lost confidence”, while he “would not oppose a transfer”.

Premier League bound?

As to possible destinations, El Confidencial announce that the “Premier League is lurking”.

In particular, Jorge Mendes believes he has “two attractive buyers” for his client, with both Arsenal and Manchester City named as suitors for the 2014 World Cup star.

Both Arsenal and Man City “have shown interest” in signing James, although both EPL sides are seeking to pay far less than the 80 million euros Los Blancos shelled out for the player.

Were James to join the Gunners, then eyebrows would be raised in the direction of some of their existing stars. Could Arsenal really play James, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the same team?

As for the Sky Blues, Kevin De Bruyne seems to have locked down the attacking midfield slot at the Etihad, so one wonders how James would crowbar his way into Pep Guardiola’s XI too.