More disappointment for Arsenal as club want Spaniard to stay for the season - report

Reports claim Rodrigo is likely to see out the season at Benfica, ruling out a potential move to Arsenal.

Earlier today we brought you the news that Jackson Martinez was set to agree a new deal with FC Porto.

The striker has long been linked with a move to Arsenal, but his agent claimed an agreement was in place for a contract renewal at the Portuguese side.

Just hours before that, newspaper A Bola reported that another apparent Arsenal target – Rodrigo – was likely to remain at Benfica for the rest of the season; this despite earlier claims that there was a three-way tussle for his services between the Gunners, Valencia and Zenit St Petersburg.

Reports yesterday claimed Arsene Wenger’s club were ahead of the Russian side for the young Spaniard’s signature. But it now appears the current Premier League leaders have been dealt a double blow – no Martinez, and seemingly no Rodrigo either.

The report claims Rodrigo’s impressive strike-partnership with Lima, along with doubts over the form and fitness of Oscar Cardozo, means Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has no intention of parting with the 22-year-old just yet.

It also claims Benfica’s inability to sign suggested replacement Michy Batshuayi until the summer could see Rodrigo see out the campaign where he is.

With Diego Costa also unlikely to leave Atletico Madrid as they continue their impressive challenge on all fronts, it seems all Wenger’s eggs are in a Julian Draxler-shaped basket. And he is not even a striker…yet.

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