Arsenal to sign James on cut-price?

Posted: 16 January 2019 Time: 13:30

Arsenal could take advantage of a specific FIFA ruling to sign Colombia superstar James Rodriguez in a cut-price £3m with the future of Mesut Ozil uncertain.

As South African football recently learned in the Ndoro-gate saga, a player is only allowed to represent two club's per season under strict FIFA rulings.

However, in the case of James, who is currently within his second-season of his loan deal from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich, there is an exception to the rule - which the Gunners are seeking to exploit.

According to reports in English media, Rodriguez, who's fallen out of favour at the Bundesliga giants and Los Blancos has £3m left on his overall £11.5m loan payment, which Unai Emery's side could stump up to lure him to The Emirates for the final six months of the 2018/19 season.

The club's highest paid player Ozil has notably fallen out of favour under the Spaniard and is likely to depart in order to find a more prominent role at a new club - with Inter and reportedly keen on his services in a temporary switch.

And with Bayern’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, claiming 'they will look to draw the right conclusions' over Rodriguez this month - it seems likely they will be open to the premature exit.

As per the Independent, FIFA article 5.3 mentions the following: "Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs.

"As an exception to this rule, a player moving between two clubs belonging to associations with overlapping seasons (i.e. start of the season in summer/autumn as opposed to winter/spring) may be eligible to play in official matches for a third club during the relevant season, provided he has fully complied with his contractual obligations towards his previous clubs.

"Equally, the provisions relating to the registration periods (article 6) as well as to the minimum length of a contract (article 18 paragraph 2) must be respected."

Article by: Lorenz Kohler

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