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ARSENAL have lodged a massive bid to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to sensational reports in Spain.
Rodriguez, 25, has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League throughout the season with Manchester United and Chelsea interested in securing his signature.
However, Spanish television show El Chiringuito claim Arsenal are looking to hijack their rivals’ plans to sign the Colombia international.
It is suggested that Arsenal have made an official bid to try and lure Rodriguez to the Emirates.
But journalist Jose Luis Sanchez says Real have rejected the bid with it falling just short of Real’s £69.8million valuation.
And he is prepared to spend big to ensure the Gunners mount a Premier League title challenge and regain Champions League football.
Rodriguez already has ties to north London, having married international team-mate David Ospina’s sister.
But it appears as if the Gunners will have to up their bid if they have any chance of getting a deal over the line for Rodriguez.
El Chiringuito also say Inter Milan also lodged a bid, but they also failed to met Real’s price demands.
Rodriguez has apparently grown frustrated at his lack of game time under Zinedine Zidane with the playmaker starting just 13 La Liga games last season.
Arsenal have already been making waves in the transfer window with a record-breaking bid for Monaco star Kylian Mbappe already been rejected.
Despite this Wenger has made his first signing with Sead Kolasinac agreeing to join the club from Schalke on July 1.