What Guido Rodriguez has told friends about Arsenal transfer links amid claim deal ‘is close’

Although the summer transfer window is still a few months away from opening for business, it appears as though Arsenal are wasting no time in putting plans in place.

The Gunners, who face Spanish outfit Villarreal in the second-leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final on Thursday evening, are already planning for a busy summer on the transfer front, with both new arrivals and departures expected.

football.london understands that Arsenal will be looking to prioritise strengthening four areas of the first-team squad this summer, whilst the likes of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah are all poised to be made available for transfers.

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Should Arsenal successfully offload those four, it would bring in some much-needed funds that could then be invested back into the team, allowing Edu, the Gunners’ technical director, to set to work on adding new faces to Mikel Arteta’s squad.

However, according to reports in Spain, it is claimed that Edu has already set to work on trying to strengthen Arteta’s options ahead of the start of next season. It is reported by Estadio Deportivo that the Gunners are close to reaching an agreement with Real Betis to sign defensive-midfielder Guido Rodriguez.

Arsenal are likely to be on the hunt for a new deep-lying midfielder this summer as Dani Ceballos is poised to return to parent club Real Madrid after two successive season-long loan stints in north London.

That means that Arteta will be a player light in the engine room and will be searching for an alternative option.

If reports in Spain are to be believed, it seems Arsenal are close to securing Ceballos’ successor. Rodriguez, despite having a release clause in his contract £69.5million, could be available for slightly less, as the La Liga outfit are reportedly facing financial difficulties, meaning they are going to be forced to offload him for a reduced price. But even though the fee required will be lower than the one to trigger his release clause, it will still cost Arsenal around £43.4million.

Amid the current speculation, Rodriguez addressed rumours linking him with a move to the Emirates Stadium back in March, insisting he was “happy” with his current situation at Betis.

“I saw it because friends from Argentina asked me, but I told them that I knew the same as them,” Rodriguez told Estadio Deportivo on the Arsenal transfer links.

“I am the protagonist because I am in the news but today, I do not know more or less than you who also saw it.

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“I am very happy, I arrived and there was one or two months with a strange situation for everyone with the issue of confinement but the truth is that I am very happy in Seville, with the city, the weather, at the club. I’m very happy.”

Although Rodriguez may be happy in Spain, the prospect of him getting the chance to play in the Premier League could be a possible pulling factor, as well as the likelihood that he would be on a higher than the one he is currently on.

This season, Rodriguez, who joined Betis from Mexican side Club America in January 2020, has racked up 34 appearances, scoring one goal.

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