Arsenal were strong contenders to sign Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez during the January transfer window but the Colombian international star opted to see out his loan contract at the Allianz Arena.
James Rodriguez is on a two-year loan deal at German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from Champions League holders Real Madrid at the moment after the Bavarian giants paid £11m for his loan contract with the option to make his move a permanent one for just £36m.
Arsenal wanted a loan deal for James Rodriguez who has endured a frustrating last few months at Bayern Munich under manager Niko Kovac.
He had a very good campaign in his first season at Bayern Munich as he helped the Germans to the league title but he has not reached the same heights since Niko Kovac became manager last summer.
Arsenal and other clubs wanted to sign him but the former AS Monaco and FC Porto star opted to stay at Bayern Munich.
Latest reports claim that James Rodriguez will return to Real Madrid and that Italian Serie A champions Juventus are in the running to sign him in the summer.
According to Marca Colombia, James Rodriguez could link up with Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey at Juventus after the Welsh player’s free transfer move to the Old Lady was confirmed on Monday.