Arsenal splashed the cash on one La Liga midfielder last summer, and may now be tempted to do the same again in the next transfer window.
Thomas Partey arrived from Atletico Madrid after months of rumours, with Arsenal paying his release clause in a blockbuster last-gasp move.
Partey was fared well this season despite some injuries, but the Gunners may still be in the market for another midfield addition.
Estadio Deportivo now report that Arsenal want to sign Real Betis ace Guido Rodriguez, but the Argentinian doesn’t want to force a move to North London.
Rodriguez has a huge €80million (£68million) release clause in his contract, but Betis are allegedly willing to accept much less, meaning this isn’t a Partey-like situation.
Rodriguez, 26, joined Betis from Club America in 2020, and has impressed in La Liga, featuring as a combative and aggressive anchor man in midfield.
He isn’t a household name to English fans, so what do Real Betis fans think about him and the rumours linking him with Arsenal?
Many believe that Arsenal must pay the release clause to land Rodriguez, claiming that they wouldn’t sell for a penny less if at all, telling Arsenal to be quiet.
Others want a swap deal, believing Arsenal should sign Dani Ceballos permanently and send him to Betis alongside Hector Bellerin in a swap deal for Rodriguez.
Francis04860366: If we enter Europe, I would not understand Guido’s departure, unless money was needed, seeing that Arsenal are not going to get into Europe
Vive_el_Betis: I think that like Canales and Fekir, Guido Rodríguez will continue because the club has ambition to continue growing. I bet on Carvalho and other sales before Guido.
Juanma_rbb: I go to Twitter and the first thing I read is an offer for Guido Rodríguez. You have already made my day bitter.
J0S3KA: 50 million minimum
ManuAguileraa10: Well, it would be one of the best DCMs in the league and one of the most important of the squad leaving.
juanle93: Bad news on a sporting level, but good on an economic level.
AlexGonz92: Rumors have emerged about a possible Arsenal interest in Guido Rodríguez. Selling it for less than 50 million would be a gift given how the market has been these years.
JesusVT: The English are asked for the maximum of the clause. If you want a player like that, pay. I hope it doesn’t come cheap due to financial needs and the rush to raise money from the club
monchoglezay: Let them pay the 80M + variables + Bellerin for the inconvenience
DaniGome77: We leave it at 50 million + Bellerín, for the possible departure of Emerson
JoseMariaConde6: But at Betis we are always going to sell cheap … hell, Sevilla always ask for their clauses and we, like fools, always sell cheap. Clause or that they pay 50 millions plus Bellerin
IsmaelND: Let them sign Ceballos, give it to us together with Bellerin and 15 million and everyone is happy.
_JoseMariaM_: In order: 1. The 80 million release clause. 2. 40 million + Ceballos. 3. Ceballos + Bellerín. Nah, not even putting the 3 together would really sell it. He’s the key player in getting the team up there. If it were up to me, he would retire here.
MateQueee: That they acquire Ceballos permanently and we change Guido for Ceballos + Bellerín. From there we start talking
pincha_q08: Well, prepare the 80 million for the release clause. I wouldn’t let Guido go for a penny less.
DavidCS1990: Quiet, Arsenal
antonferlor: It’s time to come home @HectorBellerin
lamagiadecapi: If Guido leaves, it has to be the biggest sale in the club’s history. Wheover comes must bring a full wallet.