Transfer Rumor Roundup: James to West Ham, Arsenal pursuing Higuain

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Some of the world’s biggest clubs are chasing James Rodriguez, but a surprising Premier League side has emerged as a contender to the sign to the Colombian attacker.

The 25-year-old is reportedly being tracked by West Ham United, according to Marca.

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Real Madrid is reportedly looking for a bid of roughly $88 million for the winger, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain all said to be in the chase for the dynamic playmaker.

Rodriguez is coming off of an eight-goal season for Los Blancos, but the Colombian has grown frustrated with the inconsistent playing time that he has received, largely due to Gareth Bale‘s inclusion in the starting XI.

Arsenal is said to be ramping up its attempt at acquiring Gonzalo Higuain this summer.

According to Napoli’s official radio station, Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, the Gunners are prepared to offer the Serie A side over $55 million plus striker Olivier Giroud in an attempt to acquire the Argentine attacker.

Juventus is also reportedly involved in attempts to acquire the 28-year-old, but Arsenal is believed to be the favorite.

Following Chelsea’s signing of N'Golo Kante on Saturday, Juventus is looking to capitalize on the move by acquiring midfielder Nemanja Matic.

ESPN FC is reporting that Juventus has put an inquiry out for the Blues midfielder, but the club was told they wouldn’t consider letting Matic go until they signed an adequate replacement.

With Kante now at Chelsea, the club may be more willing to allow Matic to walk. Juventus could be in the market for a central midfielder if Paul Pogba opts to leave this summer, and Matic would make parting with the Frenchman significantly easier.