Arsenal are reportedly eyeing up Valencia striker Rodrigo as a potential striking reinforcement this summer.
The Mirror reports that Mikel Arteta has told the Arsenal recruitment team to find a new striker and the 29-year-old is now on their wanted list.
Valencia may need to sell some players this summer to help their financial situation and could reportedly consider selling the Spanish international for a fee in the region of £45m-£50 million.
Rodrigo has scored five goals and created 11 this season, with his best form coming in the Champions League, including winning goals against both Chelsea and Ajax in the group stages.
But whilst Rodrigo would be a welcome recruit, although hopefully not at that inflated price-tag, it could also see Arsenal push current main striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into Barcelona’s clutches.
As reported by the Daily Mail in January, Barcelona’s second choice striker target in the winter after it became clear that Arsenal would not lower their £50 million price-tag on Aubameyang was the Valencia striker.
Unfortunately, there was not enough time for Barca to thrash out a deal and they ended up making the emergency signing of Martin Braithwaite from Leganes.
This summer, Barcelona are still said to be in the hunt for another striker and Aubameyang continues to be linked with a Nou Camp switch. Should Arsenal take their other option off the table by signing Rodrigo, then they may inadvertently be pushing Aubameyang even closer to a Barcelona move.