Leicester City join race to sign €50m-rated Arsenal long-term target

Foxes are reportedly the latest club pursuing the potential transfer of Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez. The 28-year-old attacker has had a difficult few years, having fallen out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu before a fairly underwhelming two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich.

Now back in La Liga giants, it makes sense that James might not be there for much longer, and Don Balon now link Leicester City as one of his new suitors, with Brendan Rodgers’ side said to be willing to pay €40m to secure his signature.

Leicester City would do well to attract such a big name to the King Power Stadium, though it perhaps looks unlikely he’d necessarily jump at the chance to accept this move.

Foxes currently look strong challengers for the UCL place for next campaign and being able to offer Rodriguez the opportunity to play in Europe’s top club tournament could no doubt be useful. Some would argue, however, that it’s a bit of a risk for Foxes to potentially spend big on a footballer whose best days might well be behind him.

That said, Don Balon have also recently linked the 28-year-old playmaker with Gunners, so it might be that some big clubs still fancy getting the player back to his best. On his day, Colombian attacker can be a joy to watch and provide moments of magic to decide matches.

Still, it’s been some time now since he’s done that consistently, so it would be interesting to see how he’d fare if he did end up making a move to the PL.