Argentinian giants River Plate will ‘ally themselves’ with Arsenal if they make a move for Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodríguez this summer.
That’s according to Estadio Deportivo, who cover the situation today and provide details on the potential transfer.
Rodríguez has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates over the last few months, and a report this week stated that ‘everything indicates’ Arsenal will make a move at some point.
Estadio pick up on that and explain that the player’s growth this season has ‘naturally aroused’ the interest of Europe’s big clubs.
Arsenal are one of the clubs who have ‘shown the most interest’ in recent months, following him ‘very closely’ with a view to the summer transfer window.
The ‘delicate financial situation’ at Betis, which means they will be forced into a big sale this year, means the midfielder is in a ‘compromising position’ as he is one of the players with the most options to make a ‘capital gain’ and help balance the books.
Signed for €3m plus another €4m in variables, Betis are set to make a huge profit as Rodríguez has an €80m release clause.
They don’t really expect that to be matched, but there are ‘currently offers from the Premier League’ of over €50m. Estadio do not make it clear if it is Arsenal or another club who have made such an offer.
Either way, such a figure is considered ‘dizzying’, especially in the current financial climate following the Coronavirus pandemic.
Betis would make a tidy profit from any deal, and they’re not the only ones interested as his former club River Plate are ‘keeping a close eye’ on things as well.
Why? Because they are set to take some of the transfer fee given they have the training rights to the player and, while it won’t be a big sum, the higher the fee, the more they will get. Thus, they would ‘ally themselves with Arsenal’ so that they could close the deal.
What that means isn’t made clear, but presumably, it just means they would be very keen for it to happen as they’ll line their own pockets from a player they regret letting go.
Either way, it appears the interest from Arsenal is there; indeed there may even have been a bid, and Rodríguez is certainly a name to keep an eye on as a result.