As FC Barcelona turn towards their summer targets, they must keep contingencies in case their priority targets become unattainable. For now, the pivot position remains a major concern for the Catalans, but a particular Argentine midfielder has now been added to the list of options.
Guido Rodriguez, the Argentinean national and current Real Betis player, is a 29-year-old central defensive midfielder who was also a part of the World Cup-winning Argentina squad led by Lionel Messi. The midfielder is currently valued at €28 million and has a contract with Real Betis that runs till 2024.
For FC Barcelona, the priority remains Sofyan Amrabat, a 26-year-old Moroccan National currently playing for Italian side Fiorentina, who they have been following for quite some time now. The midfielder is valued at €25 million by Transfermarkt, but the same hurdle that denied his transfer to Barcelona priorly still persists.
ACF Fiorentina, Amrabat’s current club, refuses to let the Moroccan leave for anything below €40 million. As things stand, this is a fee too high for Barcelona given their current financial restrictions.
On the contrary, the contingency plan named Guido Rodriguez would be a more financially viable option given that his contract runs out in 2024 and the player himself is stalling his renewal following the information that FC Barcelona might be interested in acquiring him.
As per SPORT, the Argentine is excited by the prospect of getting to join FC Barcelona and his decision to not renew yet is so that he may accelerate the chances and possibilities of the Catalan outfit making the Argentine one of their own by the end of the transfer window.
With Betis hoping to at least gain some financial benefit now rather than let the player leave for free next season, a possibly beneficial agreement might not be that difficult to finalize.