Arsenal dealt blow in their pursuit of £58.5m-rated star as star wants UCL giants return

Real Madrid loanee and current Bayern Munich player James Rodriguez is not interested in a switch to Arsenal in the summer transfer market, according to the laetst reports in Colombia.

The 27-year-old attacking midfielder is currently in his second campaign on loan at die Roten but is struggling to secure a systematic role in the team.

Bayern Munich do have the option to land Rodriguez at the end of his loan for £36.8 million (€42 million) but it’s looking more and more likely that midfielder will return to Los Blancos after the season is over.

The Gunners reportedly made an approach to Real Madrid during the January transfer market about a potential loan deal for James for the remainder of the season.

And it appears that the north London side are set to miss out on South American playmaker once again if Unai Emery’s men make a fresh approach in the summer market.

According to Colombian news outlet Marca Colombia, James favours a return to Real Madrid after his time at Bayern Munich is up and in spite of interest from the London-based outfit, the midfielder’s preference is not a move to the Premier League and especially to Arsenal.

Arsenal face another tough transfer window this summer window as they reportedly have just a £45 million budget to work with.

In January, Arsenal were restricted in the deals they could conclude as they were able to pay high transfer sums, which meant that the club’s management had to arrange loan transfers with an option to buy.

Arsenal not giving up hopes of signing Bundesliga defender valued at £40m

Mainz 05 centre-half Jean-Philippe Gbamin is back on Premier League side Arsenal’s transfer radar ahead of the summer market, according to a report.

Arsenal are said to have missed out on the 23-year-old star seven months ago when Spanish manager Unai Emery first arrived at the Gunners.

Spaniard was unable to swoop for the Ivory Coast international in January window due to a lack of funds, but a daily tabloid newspaper The Daily Express claims that defensive arrivals can be expected ahead of next campaign.

Jean-Philippe is one of those being targeted by the Gunners, though the report claims that his fee may prove a big sticking point as the Germans want around £40 million for the former Lens player.

However, Jean-Philippe has admitted that he is open to a transfer away from die Nullfünfer and that may force the Bundesliga club’s hand when it comes to negotiating with the north London heavyweights.

Speaking the previous summer, sporting director Rouven Schroeder confirmed that an “extraordinary offer” was made – and knocked back – for the ex-France youth international star.

Gbamin began to prove himself as a systematic in the Lens squad as a result of the campaign and played a huge role in them gaining promotion to French football’s top flight having made 30 matches.

In spite of the agony of relegation in the 2014/15 season, the defender stayed at the Stade Bollaert-Deleis stadium for another season before making the move to the German club in the summer of 2016.

In almost three years Jean-Philippe has made almost 100 matches for the Karnevalsverein.

Arsenal scouts attended Liga NOS match to watch 6-goals and 5-assists defender

Arsenal reportedly had emissaries in attendance for Liga NOS giants SL Benfica’s 10-0 victory against Nacional at the weekend, with Spanish defender Alex Grimaldo the subject of the Premier League side’s interest.

Grimaldo has been connected with the likes of the Madrid-based outfit Atletico Madrid, Serie A dup Inter Milan and Napoli and the Gunners’ fellow Premier League side Manchester City in the latest months.

The former Spain U21 international star came through the youth system at Catalan giants Barcelona, but left Blaugrana without making a senior-team match and has since forged a productive career in Portugal.

According to a Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola, an agent from Arsenal watched Alex in action in his team’s thumping victory against Nacional in Portugal’s top flight, with the star opening the netting inside the first minute.

The 23-year-old star, who has now netted six times and provided five assists from left-back this campaign, will see his current contract with SL Benfica expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.

The defensive nature of the Gunners have been shown constantly than not under the management of Spanish coach this term.

It is no brainer that Emery would be keen to welcome fresh legs to the backline in the upcoming summer market.

Former Borussia Dortmund star Sokratis has been a decent purchase, but there is a gap at the back which is worrying for Arsenal.

Laurent Koscielny and Shrokdan Mustafi will not walk into a top-four club. Rob Holding was stunning until a knee injury hindered his process.