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Charles Watts has said on his YouTube channel that Arsenal will not pay the release clause for Guido Rodriguez.

Mundo Deportivo reported earlier this week that Arsenal are interested in signing Rodriguez from Betis in the summer of 2021.

The report in the Spanish news outlet claimed that the Argentina international defensive midfielder has a release clause of €80 million (£68.59 million).

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Well-known and well-respected journalist Watts has said that although Arsenal are looking for a long-term partner to Thomas Partey in central midfield, they are not going to pay the release clause of Rodriguez. 

Watts said on his YouTube channel: “I haven’t heard anything myself that Arsenal are interested in Rodriguez, but what I do know is that they won’t be paying £68 million for him. That is what his release clause is at Betis. I think Arsenal will be looking at that central midfield area as a possible long-term partner for Thomas Partey.”

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Do Arsenal need Guido Rodriguez?

Rodriguez is a very good defensive midfielder who is doing well for Betis in La Liga at the moment and has also played 10 times for Argentina.

According to WhoScored, the 26-year-old has made 24 starts and one substitute appearance in La Liga for Betis so far this season, scoring one goal in the process.

However, there is a case to be made that the Gunners are not exactly in desperate need of the Argentine.

Partey joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid only last summer, while Granit Xhaka is playing well, and manager Mikel Arteta also had the option of Mohamed Elneny.

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