Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez has “attracted the interest” of Arsenal, according to reporter Gianluca Di Marzio.
The very reliable Italian journalist claims Betis “needs to sell” the Argentinian international in order to free up funds for their own transfer business, and they are willing to let the player go for only €30m (£26m).
That is a substantial discount on Rodriguez’s release clause, which currently stands at €80m (£68.6m), and it’s likely that the Gunners would be prepared to do business for the current asking price.
The London club are thought to be looking at either Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli or Wolves’ Ruben Neves as a potential replacement for Granit Xhaka but there are complications with both deals.
Locatelli has his heart set on Juventus, and even though Arsenal are prepared to pay €40m (£34m), a move to the Emirates is said to be very unlikely. Neves’ £35m price tag is also believed to be too high so Rodriguez would, therefore, be a more economical alternative.