Real Madrid are set to offer James Rodriguez and a staggering £70 million in a bid to lure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Bernabeu, according to El Desmarque in Spain.
The Colombian midfielder was a huge hit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and finished as the top scorer with a succession of beautiful strikes.
But since his move to Real Madrid he has failed to perform and hasn’t been fancied under several managers.
He was loaned to Bayern Munich last season and now Zinedine Zidane is keen to use him in a player plus cash deal to bag Arsenal’s new captain.
The 30-year-old was signed by Arsene Wenger in 2018 and has scored 40 Premier League goals in just 55 starts, including 10 goals in just 16 appearances this term despite Arsenal misfiring.
Reports suggest he is keen to move on in the summer despite being handed the armband at the Emirates after Granit Xhaka’s well-documented indiscretions last month saw him stripped of the honour.
Zidane reportedly wants to add Auba to an attacking trio that could rival Liverpool’s. Namely Eden Hazard, who moved in the summer, the Arsenal man and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.
His current forward line, which includes the misfiring Hazard and Luka Jovic aren’t doing what’s required and the Gabonese striker could plug the gap in the Spanish capital.
Rodriguez, 28, has made nine appearances for Real this season, scoring just one goal and Zidane is keen to offload him.
But Marca report that the player would prefer to stay put and try to win back a place in the Madrid team.