Arsenal are reported to have joined Chelsea in the race to sign James Rodriguez, who could leave Real Madrid for £51.5million.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane has always insisted the Colombian star is not for sale before the transfer deadline but reports now claim he has had a change of heart.
The attacking midfielder has slipped down the pecking order at the Bernabeu and Los Blancos are ready to cash in if someone matches their £51.5million valuation.
Chelsea were said to be in the box seat to do a deal but it has now been suggested Arsenal are ready to stump up the cash, as they desperately attempt to bolster their ranks before the deadline.
Paying such a figure would break their transfer record but boss Arsene Wenger is willing to do that following a disappointing start to the new Premier League season.
Wenger has already missed out on Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and the capture of Rodriguez would certainly appease those Gunners fans who are disappointed with the lack of transfer activity so far this summer.