La Liga hard man backed to make Arsenal switch as asking price slashed


Argentinian club River Plate are keen for Arsenal to do whatever it takes to sign Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez this summer as they will benefit from the transfer.

The Gunners have been linked with a summer swoop for the defensive midfielder who is valued at around €80m. That figure would represent a huge profit for Betis, who signed the 27-year-old for just €3m in January 2020. The Spanish club’s ‘delicate financial situation’ has seen cited as the reason why he may well be sold.

And that is despite Rodriguez insisting back in March that he is content with life at Estadio Benito Villamarin.

“I am very happy, I arrived and there was one or two months with a strange situation for everyone with the issue of confinement,” he said. “But the truth is that I am very happy in Seville, with the city, the weather, at the club. I’m very happy.”

Estadio Deportivo (via Sport Witness) are suggesting that ‘everything indicates’ Arsenal will firm up their interest at some stage. And River Plate will ‘ally themselves’ with Arsenal if they do opt to try and buy the Argentina international in the off-season.

That is because they will net some of the transfer fee involved due to owning the player’s training rights. It is not specified how much they could make and it is not expected to be a huge figure.

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Betis inserted an €80m release clause into the South American’s contract. However, the current pandemic means everything is negotiable as clubs look to get whatever they can to help stay afloat.

The north Londoners will doubtless offer significantly less if they do make a bid this summer. And it may well be a busy time for the former Club America star’s agent.

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It is thought that Betis will not accept anything less than €50m for the midfield enforcer. That reduced figure might also tempt Liverpool, who have been linked in recent months.

The Reds are looking for Georginio Wijnaldum’s replacement as the Dutchman looks set for a summer exit. Whether Jurgen Klopp goes for Rodriguez only time will tell but it is clear what any club will be getting.

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He has started 30 La Liga games among 31 appearances this term and picked up 10 yellow cards. His defensive prowess is said to have ‘naturally aroused’ the interest of Europe’s big clubs.

The next step is to reduce that price tag.

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