The London giants are in pursuit of Guido Rodriguez, while Real Betis are set to accept an offer of nearly €30m for the footballer. Los Verdiblancos have to raise funds to recruit in important areas and acknowledge a deal with Arsenal could be possible for their 27-year-old midfielder.
Real Betis have sounded out the possibility of doing this deal for Guido after lowering their asking price for the player. Earlier in the window, when the Gunners were looking at multiple options for their central midfield recruitment, Guido’s name popped up. Still, the PL giants were willing to pay just €30m.
Rodriguez has an €80m release clause in his deal and harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid and Barcelona. With neither of those sides interested, Argentina international understands the need to leave the Benito Villamarín, and the Spanish club also need to raise funds to begin their defensive recruitment this summer.
However, since that point, Gunners have been locked in pursuit of other targets, not particularly of the Argentine midfielder’s profile of a more defensive-minded midfielder. Ruben Neves and Manuel Locatelli have become priority targets, while Houssem Aouar has also been mentioned as a potential option.
Gunners are waiting on Manuel Locatelli and Juventus’s situation while recently making a reported new offer of €45m to Sassuolo for the footballer. However, Arsenal understand the difficulties in acquiring the Italian midfielder and are now re-focusing their efforts on more realistic targets, such as Guido.
Whether Guido Rodriguez fits the mould of a midfielder the Spanish manager needs in the side remains a question. The Gunners are on the verge of signing Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.