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Arsenal Hope To Seal €30m Striker Deal

Arsenal are ready to splash €30m on Benfica ace Rodrigo but could be frustrated in their attempts to sign the striker due to complicated ownership rights

As we approach the opening of the summer window clubs will be intensifying their efforts in the transfer market so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Gooner Mac brings us news of Arsenal’s interest in Rodrigo.

Arsenal are ready to splash €30m on Benfica ace Rodrigo but could be frustrated in their attempts to sign the striker due to complicated ownership rights, according to reports today.

Arsene Wenger is widely expected to bring in another front-man this summer to offer to support to Olivier Giroud next year after being heavily reliant on the Frenchman last season. A whole host of names have been touted as potential targets in recent weeks but the latest to be linked is Benfica hitman Rodrigo.

The Daily Star claim that Arsenal chiefs are hopeful of agreeing a €30m (£24m) deal to bring the 23-year-old to the Emirates Stadium this summer. However, it’s not going to be a straightforward transfer.

Rodrigo’s rights are held by a private investment group called Meriton Capital Limited – who are owned by new Valencia owner Peter Lim – and the businessman is keen for his client to move to Spain this summer.

So Lim will have to decide whether to cash-in now and take Arsenal’s €30m offer to turn a quick profit, or keep hold of Rodrigo and have him spearhead the Valencia attack next season.

I’m not a fan of these types of ownership agreements and I can completely understand why the FA doesn’t allow any player in British football to be owned by a private investment company.

Rodrigo is a fine player and his 11 goals in 25 games helped Benfica lift the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season, but I’d steer clear of him and move on to other targets. He’s simply not worth the hassle and €30m (£24m) sounds like a lot of money to pay for a player relatively unproven outside of Portugal.

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There are better strikers out there who are cheaper and for more established, plus they don’t come with the baggage Rodrigo comes with due to his ownership arrangements. So I hope Wenger ditches this pursuit and switches his focus to the likes of Karim Benzema, Wilfried Bony or even Loic Remy.



  1. Jordan

    May 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    30 mil for him? Really? Please no

  2. franklin

    May 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    please arsene winger sign karim benzimer as a striker for arsenal please.he is quality.leave those cheap strikers please please.go for him whatever it takes bring him to emirate.

  3. Governor

    May 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Wenger sign south american striker

  4. Geofrey

    May 28, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Wenger please why not go for the likes of benzima or remy

  5. frankie

    May 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    i prefer edison carvani to any striker

  6. hassan abdulra zak

    May 28, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Buy an make a change ,so that the league well be more interesting

  7. Milky

    May 29, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Cant wenger see players like, bony the bull or even lukaku starring at him. With such money (£24m) one of them are yours for sure. Common wenger make us proud for once.

  8. yared

    May 29, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Try to sign coasta

  9. Liberty Eni

    May 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    pls Wenger go karim Benzema or Bony preferable

  10. charles grandy

    May 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Sign bony and remy,bring back fabregas,sign kedira as DM,and Aurier to replace sagna,Williams from swansea as central defence cover and a goalkeeper,Charles.

  11. Isingoma Edward

    May 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Wenger you talked about C.Benteke what happened? you can also go and sign Calos Vela. then sale Podolsk and also Groud is useless, bring in a man like Gzmann,Di maria and probably Cesc Fabrgass. you will see things moving on well and next seasion Champions L and premeir laegue plus FA will be carried to the Emirets.

    • Massie

      May 30, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Your delusional

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