Tuesday 28 March 2017

Arsenal given hope in pursuit of Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez

Real Madrid's Jese Rodriguez
Real Madrid's Jese Rodriguez

One way or another Arsenal will be linked with a Real Madrid forward on any given day.

Yesterday we had Karim Benzema, and today it's back to 22-year-old Spaniard Jese Rodriguez.

J-Rod, as possibly no-one calls him, has not completed the 90 minutes for Los Blancos once this season, and according to The Mirror, via Spanish outlet AS, Real are willing to listen to offers.

The player, for his part, is growing frustrated at his lack of playing time, and Arsenal have been known (or at least rumoured) to be fans of the youngster for some time.

If it's not current Real Madrid strikers that Arsenal are being linked with then it's former ones, and Gonzalo Higuain is almost up there with Benzema in terms of how many times he's been linked with a move to the Emirates.

But Higuain's agent and brother Nicolas has insisted the Argentine is happy at Napoli.

"Gonzalo scored his 200th goal as a professional on Sunday, reaching an important figure," Nicolas told Italian radio station Radio Crc.

"Three years ago Gonzalo chose Napoli and you can see how much this club means to him by what he is doing on the pitch.”

Elsewhere, in one of the more unusual transfer rumours we've heard for a while, Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Accrington Stanley playmaker Josh Windass, son of legendary tubster Dean.

Josh can play as a No 10 or on the wing, and has impressed for the League Two side over the last 18 months to the extent that Arsene Wenger is interested in bringing him in.

Windass has recently rejected a new contract at Accrington, and according to The Sun, the Gunners are leading the race for his signature, with a £1million fee being discussed.

One player who might be heading out of the Emirates however is Joel Campbell.

The Costa Rican has been given a run in Arsenal's injury-ravaged side of late, but that may not have been enough to convince Wenger to keep him.

According to Turkish website Fanatik, Galatasaray will look to sign the forward in January, having completed the signing of Arsenal old boy Lukas Podolski in the summer.

Campbell's representative Joaquim Batica claims though that Campbell would prefer to stay and fight for his place at the Emirates: "He was very happy after scoring his first Premier League goal," Batica said.

"He just wants to be successful and win trophies for Arsenal. That’s all he is focused on."

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