Liverpool are considering a move for Real Betis star Guido Rodriguez and now Arsenal and Marseille have entered the fray.
The report states that although the midfielder has an €80million release clause in his contract with Betis, they would be willing to let him leave for just €30m.
As per ABC Sevilla, Rodriguez has attracted Mikel Arteta’s attention and both Arsenal and Marseille have ‘tested’ Betis without submitting a formal offer.
As La Razon stated, they are willing to let him leave for €30m despite the €80m release clause in his contract.
ABC Sevilla claims that Betis ‘would be willing to negotiate’ but will ‘not give away’ one of their best players without receiving a good price.
Fichajes report that Betis want €50m for Rodriguez to which Liverpool reportedly responded to by offering Divock Origi or Joel Matip in order to bring the price down.
Do we think Liverpool event want Rodriguez?
No – not really. Unless Jurgen Klopp is about to turn into Jose Mourinho and deploy a double pivot of Fabinho and Guido, I can’t see Liverpool chasing him.
The Real Betis midfielder is a monster. Strong, brave in the tackle and a vocal leader much like our own Jordan Henderson but he’s not likely to want to sit on the bench at 27.
Moreover, Liverpool are looking for a no.8 to replace Georginio Wijnaldum after the Dutchman’s contract expired.
I’ll happily eat humble pie if he winds up doing the Kirkby Lean (is that a thing now?) by the time the summer window comes to a close but I personally cannot see it happening.
Most Liverpool fans are hoping that the summer ends with Saul Niguez at Anfield but my gut feeling is that one of Manchester United or Barcelona will beat them to the punch.