When it comes to Arsenal and the January rumour-mill, speculation surrounding Julian Draxler has meant any other players linked with the Gunners have rarely got a look-in.
But one name keeps popping up, and that is Rodrigo, a Spanish striker currently playing for Benfica.
The 22-year-old is enjoying an excellent spell in Portugal, scoring six goals in his last six league games, and has also reportedly attracted the interest of Zenit St Petersburg and Valencia.
But it is Arsenal who continue to be most heavily linked in the Portuguese press, in part because Rodrigo reportedly has no plans to move to Russia and is said to be hopeful of testing himself in either the Premier League or La Liga.
Newspaper O Jogo now claims Arsene Wenger must decide whether to sign Rodrigo when the club are also reportedly hoping to secure the purchase of Draxler before Saturday.
“Those in charge of the London club have already made the first contact with Benfica,” the report claims, before adding that “Wenger thoroughly enjoys the qualities of Rodrigo, which fit well into the Gunners’ style of play.”
But the story concludes by saying Wenger must decide whether to open the club’s purse-strings to try to “bridge a deficit” – presumably between Benfica’s asking price and what Arsenal may be willing to pay.
Wenger proved in the summer with the signing of Mesut Ozil that he is not afraid to wait until the final moments of a transfer window to get his man. But this time, could he bring in two – in the form of Draxler and Rodrigo?
The Portuguese press certainly think it remains a distinct possibility.
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