Arsenal are allegedly close to completing a summer deal for Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez.
The north Londoners are in the market for midfield reinforcements this summer’s transfer window, with Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos extremely likely to return to his parent club at the end of the season.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is understood to have earmarked Guido as his top target to replace Ceballos, and Estadio Deportivo claims that the two clubs are now close to reaching a total agreement.
The 27-year-old has a buy-out clause of £69.5 million in his contract at the club, but the Spanish outfit’s financial difficulties mean that the board are likely to be forced to sell him at a reduced price.
The Gunners could still splash around €50 million (£43.3m) on the Argentine midfielder, though, earning Los Verdiblancos a significant profit, having only spent around £6 million on him last year.
The club might like to avoid a repeat of the long chase to land Thomas Partey last summer. The Ghanian was purchased on transfer deadline day in the summer and has taken some time to get going in the English top-flight.
Rodriguez is a holding midfielder and has featured 31 times for his team in La Liga this season, netting one goal and amassing 10 yellow cards.