According to a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal will push hard in the summer transfer window to sign Real Betis’ Argentine defensive midfielder Guido Rodriguez.
The Gunners will need additional bodies in the middle of their park. Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi will likely be sold, while Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard will return to Real Madrid at the end of their loan spell.
Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ futures are up in the air as well, which leaves Arsenal with just Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny in central midfield.
Mikel Arteta and Edu will have to dive into the transfer market and it looks like Rodriguez is the man they are seriously looking at.
The report claims that Arsenal have been watching the Argentine for months now with a view of signing him this summer.
Rodriguez only joined Betis in January last year for a fee in the region of £2.6 million. His value has reportedly gone up considerably, and the Verdiblancos want to cash in on him to balance their books this summer.
The report also claims that the Argentine has a release clause in his contract in excess of £69 million. However, he should be available for a lot cheaper which should favour Arsenal who might end up in a difficult financial situation themselves.
Is Rodriguez an alternative to Bissouma?
Football London revealed earlier this year that Arsenal are genuinely interested in signing Yves Bissouma from Brighton this summer.
The Mali international, on paper, seems like the ideal partner to Partey. The African duo could form one of the best midfield partnerships in the Premier League if they are paired together, but could Arsenal go for the cheaper option in Rodriguez?
The Real Betis man might not be as good as Bissouma, but he is still a quality player. He will likely be a lot cheaper than the Brighton midfielder as well, and that might push Arsenal to go for him – especially if we end up outside one of the European places.