‘Siren songs’ from Arsenal could be ‘impossible to refuse’ amid bid

Joe Williams
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Guido Rodriguez Argentina

Arsenal could prove to be a tempting proposition for Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez this summer, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta will be looking to add at least a couple of midfielders to their squad this summer with the Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard both returning to Real Madrid following loan spells.

Granit Xhaka looks poised to complete a move to Roma once Euro 2020 ends, while Matteo Gunedouzi and Lucas Torreira – who spent last season out on loan – are also almost certain to depart.

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That would leave Arsenal with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny as their main two central midfielders with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock returning from loan spells.

A deal for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga looks to be edging closer with the Gunners offering a €21.5m package for the Belgian midfielder.

Reports have also indicated that Arsenal could try and beat Juventus to a deal for Manuel Locatelli, although it seems more likely that the Italy international will choose the Serie A giants.

Another name who has been linked is Real Betis’ Rodriguez, with the Gunners apparently preparing to make a bid back in April.

Rodriguez has been appearing at the top of Arsenal’s list as they search for midfielders with Real Betis likely to sell one or two of their star players this summer.

And now Estadio Deportivo (via Sport Witness) claims that the Premier League side have ‘taken notice’ of the Argentina international with his displays in the Copa America cementing their interest.

Their initial offer of €30m must be increased for Betis to do business but that any improved bid is likely to ‘lead to an interesting escalation’.

The ‘siren songs’ coming from Arsenal could prove ‘impossible to refuse’ despite Rodriguez’s desire to stay another season at Betis in the hope Barcelona or Real Madrid could come in for him.

Any further offers from the north London club would provide Betis with an ‘unwanted temptation’ but also a ‘perfect solution’ for their financial issues.

Currently the Gunners’ bid of €30m is ‘insufficient’ and they continue to insist that they want closer to his €80m buyout clause.