Arsenal begin talks to sign James Rodriguez as Suarez deal collapses

Arsenal have made contact with Real Madrid, over the possibility of signing James Rodriguez.

The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, but has struggled to win a regular role under Niko Kovac.

On Monday, Bild reported that Rodriguez was “frustrated” after he was brought on as a late substitute in Friday’s 3-1 win over Hoffenheim, while Kovac has challenged the Colombia international to prove his worth to the team.

Bayern have the option to sign Rodriguez at the end of his loan for €42million (£36.8m), but the midfielder is set to return to Real Madrid.

Intermediaries acting on Arsenal’s behalf, have made an approach to Madrid to discuss the prospect of signing Rodriguez on an initial loan deal.

Madrid, however, are keen to sell Rodriguez, while Bayern are open to the prospect of letting the playmaker leave this much as he is not making much of an impact.

This comes amid speculations that Arsenal’s deal to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona has collapsed.

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