It’s no secret that Gavi’s ACL tear has forced Barcelona to alter their January transfer market strategy and as reported before, the team from Catalonia has shortlisted three names, among which is a certain Guido Rodriguez of Real Betis.
It must be remembered that Barcelona were interested in the 29-year-old World Cup winner throughout the summer transfer window as well but settled for Oriol Romeu instead.
Given the current situation, however, a report from SPORT has emerged, saying that those sitting the Barça offices believe the 29-year-old is the closest to what they are looking for in midfield, and given his contractual position, the hopes have been renewed.
Why Guido Rodriguez?
At 29 years of age, the Betis midfielder is admired for his consistent performance in the defensive pivot. Above all, his know-how of La Liga is appreciated.
The favourable aspect for Barcelona is that Rodriguez’s contract will expire at the end of the season.
In light of this situation, Betis may be willing to explore potential arrangements before losing him for free in June.
We have reported before that due to Gavi’s unavailability for the remainder of the season, Barcelona will be permitted to make one signing, adjusting the new player’s salary within 80% of the Spaniard’s. However, this signing can only be valid until the season concludes.
Why will Betis do the business?
The answer to this question lies in the fact that Betis are set to sell Juan Miranda in January, with Barcelona entitled to 40% of the future sale.
Additionally, there is an ongoing negotiation for Betis to acquire 100% of the rights to Chadi Riad, who is on loan to Betis from Barcelona. In essence, these agreements could potentially allow Rodriguez to join Barcelona.
In any way, a creative solution would be necessary to work around La Liga’s regulations and facilitate the transfer. At this moment, Barcelona recognise the Argentine World Cup winner as the closest fit to their requirement.
Right now, securing a player of great capabilities at an affordable price is a challenge, which is what made Guido an attractive option.