Buying James Rodriguez from Real Madrid this summer would be such an un-Arsenal thing to do that it seems unlikely.

James has failed to have the impact required at Madrid and has been on the periphery for a while, with a summer transfer reported as a possibility since pretty much when the last summer window closed.

At the weekend Spanish newspaper AS linked Arsenal with interest in James, and claimed clubs, with Juventus and Manchester United also linked, can buy the Colombian for €65m in the upcoming market.

That’s €15m less, at least according to AS, than Real Madrid paid for the player.

It would take a change in character for Arsene Wenger to do such a deal, but perhaps he’d be ready to gamble more should he continue at Arsenal for a further season after the current one.

Something needs to change in Arsenal’s approach, but this is unlikely to be it.