James Rodriguez closes door on Arsenal transfer in the summer as midfielder favours Real Madrid return

James Rodriguez is on ’s radar (Getty Images)

James Rodriguez is not interested in a move to Arsenal in the summer transfer window, according to reports in Colombia.

The 27-year-old is currently in his second season on loan at Bayern Munich but is struggling to secure a regular role in the team.

Bayern do have the option to sign Rodriguez at the end of his loan for €42 million (£36.8m) but it’s looking increasingly likely that midfielder will return to Real Madrid after the season is over.

Arsenal reportedly made an approach to Madrid during the January transfer window about a potential loan deal for Rodriguez for the remainder of the campaign.

And it appears that the Gunners are set to miss out on Rodriguez once again if they make a fresh approach in the summer.

Rodriguez reportedly favours a return to Real Madrid this summer (Getty Images)

According to Marca Colombia, Rodriguez favours a return to Madrid after his time at Bayern is up and despite interest from Arsenal, the midfielder’s preference is not a switch to the .

Arsenal face another difficult transfer window this summer as they reportedly have just a £50m budget to work with.

In January, the Gunners were restricted in the deals they could complete as they were able to pay high transfer fees, which meant that they had to arrange loan moves with an option to buy.