Arsenal eyeing up £3m January deal for James Rodriguez to replace Mesut Ozil

James Rodriguez

Mesut Ozil does not seem to have a future at Arsenal under Unai Emery.

The German playmaker has been hampered by niggling injuries throughout the season, but has still been dropped from match day squads when reportedly fully fit.

Against West Ham on Saturday afternoon, Ozil was missing once again despite having a full week of training under his belt.

In other instances, Emery has opted to keep the £350,000-a-week midfielder on the bench, as he did in the 2-1 win away at Bournemouth.

The Gunners boss stated that he picked players based on their ability to cope with the physical nature of the game against the Cherries.

In a nutshell, Emery wants Ozil out as soon as possible to free up some cash for players he actually wants to use.

Replacing Ozil if he were to leave would be vital, as the Gunners have missed a player in recent games with the ability to link the midfield and attack.

Barcelona's Denis Suarez has been heavily linked with the north London club, but the Daily Mail are reporting that Arsenal may have a much more exciting plan up their sleeves.

Colombian superstar James Rodriguez is the man on their radar, with the 27-year-old falling out favour at Bayern Munich where he is on a two-year loan from Real Madrid.

Rodriguez with Bayern

The German giants paid around £11.5m for the deal, with an option to buy Rodriguez for £39.5m when that deal expires in the summer.

Bayern would be willing to let the Colombian go if Arsenal simply pay the last £3m that they owe to Real Madrid.

Emery has already stated that the club can only make loan signings in January and bringing in someone of Rodriguez's calibre under that guideline would surely galvanise the club.

The big issue, however, will be trying to find a club willing to match Ozil's huge wages, with the Chinese Super League surely the most realistic possibility.

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