Arsenal remain interested in a move for Real Madrid’s James Rodríguez having tried to sign him last season.
The midfielder is far out of favour at the Bernabeu, having failed to prove himself to Zinedine Zidane since his return from a loan spell at Bayern Munich.
They are keen to move him on this summer but, unlike in the past, there is not a long line of suitors for him.
Marca explain that last summer, James had Juventus, Napoli and Atlético Madrid as potential destinations; indeed the latter we close to a deal under Florentino Pérez ‘backed down’ at the last minute.
Arsenal were also keen and made a bid for his services, but the midfielder instructed Jorge Mendes to look at other options as he didn’t want to move to the Premier League.
James wanted a move to Spain or Italy, but now ‘everything has changed’.
Napoli no longer want him because Carlo Ancelotti, who was pushing for his signature, has moved on while Atlético have other priorities.
Thus, the Premier League represents the ‘most feasible’ move for him, and Arsenal ‘continue to insist’ on trying to sign him.
They are presented as the club with the best chance of signing the 28-year-old, with Ancelotti, who’s now at Everton, not showing interest in the Colombian.
James, for his part, is not ‘in a position to reject a good offer’ with the Premier League now his first option having been the last one only a year ago.