Report: Arsenal are 'most representative' team in race for title-winning star; near club-record fee needed
Arsenal remain firmly in the hunt to sign Real Betis midfielder, Guido Rodriguez, according to a report from Spanish publication, Marca.
Rodriguez has been on the Gunners’ list for some time now. Just last month, we reported how the Betis ace had impressed Mikel Arteta and Edu.
Betis are said to want the full release-clause paying for Rodriguez if he does go. That stands at around £70m, which would come in just shy of the £72m Arsenal paid for Nicolas Pepe in 2019.
Marca suggests that the Gunners are ‘most representative’ team in the frame to land Rodriguez. The combative midfielder made 35 appearances in La Liga last season.
A former title-winner in Mexico with CF America, Rodriguez has gone on to represent Argentina 10 times so far. The 27-year-old could well sit at the heart of the Gunners’ midfield with Thomas Partey, should the club make their move.
Per Transfermarkt, Rodriguez has a deal in Betis until 2024. There is, then, no immediate pressure for the Spanish outfit to sell.
Guido Rodriguez good but too expensive for Arsenal?
If Betis want £70m, then they might as well not sell Rodriguez, especially when it comes to Arsenal. The Gunners simply won’t be paying that for one player this summer.
Furthermore, the Gunners also have other options. And those options are far cheaper as well.
Sander Berge and Yves Bissouma are being linked constantly. Albert Lokonga is also nearing a deal to sign for the club. It makes spending close to £70m on Rodriguez a bit of a pointless exercise.
Of course, you never know in the summer market. Players might be sold and the Kronke’s might decided to go all out in the window with serious funds.
But the reality is that won’t happen. Arsenal will spend, but they won’t be spending most of their budget on a 27-year-old midfielder.