May 16, 2021

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Tough La Liga man backed Arsenal switch as asking price slashed


Argentina club River Plate want Arsenal to do everything in their power to sign Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez this summer as they will benefit from the transfer.

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

And it is despite Rodriguez insisting in March that he is happy with life at the Benito Villamarin stadium.

“I am very happy, I arrived and there has been a month or two with a strange situation for everyone with the question of kidnapping,” he said. “But the truth is that I am very happy in Seville, with the city, the weather, at the club. I am very happy.”

Sports stadium (via Sport witness) suggest that “everything indicates”, Arsenal will increase their interest at some point. And River Plate will ‘ally’ with Arsenal if they choose to try to buy the Argentina international in the offseason.

This is because they will pay part of the transfer fees involved due to the possession of the player’s training rights. We don’t say how much they could earn and we don’t expect that to be a huge number.

Rodriguez’s release clause likely won’t be honored

Betis have inserted a € 80million release clause into the South American contract. However, the current pandemic means everything is negotiable as clubs seek to do whatever they can to help stay afloat.

The people of North London will undoubtedly offer a lot less if they bid this summer. And it just might be a busy time for the Club America star’s former agent.

It is believed Betis will not agree to anything less than € 50million for the midfielder manager. This reduced figure could also tempt Liverpool, who have been linked in the last few months.

The Reds are looking for Georginio Wijnaldum’s replacement as the Dutchman looks set for a summer outing. If Jurgen Klopp will pick Rodriguez, only time will tell, but it’s clear what any club will get.

He has started 30 La Liga games in 31 appearances this season and has collected 10 yellow cards. His defensive prowess would have “naturally aroused” the interest of the big European clubs.

The next step is to reduce this price.

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