Reports last week from Portugal claimed Benfica forward Rodrigo was a target for Arsenal.
The Gunners have been linked with half the strikers currently plying their trade in Europe (or at least it seems that way) and here was another thrown into the mix when Jackson Martinez seemed a far better long-term commitment.
However, the FC Porto player has gone on record to say he will not be leaving his current club this month, which leaves Rodrigo as an interesting alternative.
The Spaniard had been linked with a €30million move to Zenit St Petersburg but was reportedly not keen on a move to Russia. From there, the Arsenal rumours bloomed.
But on Sunday, the speculation seemed the last thing on his mind as he bagged a brace in Benfica’s 2-0 victory at home to Maritimo.
That takes his tally for the season to 10 goals in all competitions, and sees him on a run of six goals in his last six Primeira Liga matches.
Arsene Wenger has already poured cold water on reports linking him with some January shopping, but with Manchester City and Chelsea hot on their heels in the league, he may still be looking for a bargain if he can find it in the next 11 days.
Rodrigo may not be worth €30million, but if Wenger can get the price down, given the player's record this season to date, he could be exactly the spark Arsenal need to ensure they get over the line in first place.
And from there, anything is possible.
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