Arsenal 'close to agreement' on first summer signing as Edu makes ruthless transfer decision

Arsenal 'close to agreement' on first summer signing as Edu makes ruthless transfer decision


Arsenal will look to improve a number of positions in the first-team squad this summer, including central midfield, as Dani Ceballos' loan period comes to an end.



Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta has a busy summer ahead of them.


While the club can still win the UEFA Europa League before the 2020/21 season ends later this month, it has not been a memorable campaign for the Gunners.


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Since appearing to be on the verge of relegation in the first half of the season, the second half of the season has been better, but not to the level that a club of Arsenal's stature should be achieving.


With that said, the football club faces a busy summer, with significant changes needed in terms of both new arrivals and departures.



According to football.london, the Gunners are prepared to sell Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Eddie Nketiah this summer in order to boost their transfer kitty before bringing in new players.


Arsenal will also be looking to improve between the sticks, at right-back, at left-back, and in the central attacking-midfield role this summer, according to football.london, while they hope to strengthen the last of those four places by retaining the services of on-loan Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard.


Arsenal 'close to agreement' on first summer signing as Edu makes ruthless transfer decision


Odegaard joined the Gunners on loan in January and has been a major success in north London, so Arteta is keen to keep him.


Central-midfielder Dani Ceballos, a Real Madrid loanee, does not appear to be returning to the Emirates Stadium next season. After impressing on loan last season, the Gunners signed him on a season-long loan for the second time in September.



However, it does not seem likely that he will remain in north London until the end of this season, implying that the Gunners will be short on central midfielders when the new season begins.


But, in order to avoid Arteta being a man light in the engine room, transfer guru Edu is working hard behind the scenes to ensure the Gunners can quickly obtain a like-for-like substitute for the 24-year-old.


According to Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo, Arsenal is close to reaching an agreement with Real Betis to sign midfielder Guido Rodriguez.



Despite the fact that the 27-year-release old's clause is worth £69.5 million, the Spanish club is currently facing financial problems, which means they would be forced to offload him for a lower sum. Despite the fact that the fee needed would be less than that required to invoke his release clause, Arsenal would still have to pay about £43.4 million.


Betis only paid about £6 million to sign Rodriguez from Club America last year, so they stand to make a tidy profit.


Rodriguez is a defensive-minded midfielder, which means he will bring steel and grit to Arsenal's engine room, potentially serving as the perfect partner for Thomas Partey to screen the back-four and boost Arsenal's overall midfield consistency.


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