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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Target €30M Real Betis Midfielder

Liverpool are said to be interested in 26-year-old Argentina international Guido Rodríguez.

Real Betis v SD Huesca - La Liga Santander Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

After being heavily linked with a series of midfielders to start the summer, things have rather gone quiet for Liverpool in the land of rumour mongering in recent weeks, but with the season fast approaching and the the transfer window ticking away that could change.

If it does, one name to keep an eye on could be Real Betis and Argentina midfielder Guido Rodríguez, a 27-year-old destroyer coming off an impressive first full season in Europe—and a player who’s now being linked with a Liverpool move by Spanish outlet La Razon.

Rodríguez took the long route to European football, starting out his career with River Plate in his homeland but then moving north to Liga MX to play first with Tijuana and then Club America before heading to La Liga in January of 2020 in a deal worth around €3M.

Last season, he player 38 games for Betis, and while he chipped in with two goals it’s his tackling, interceptions, and yellow card numbers—numbers that would have had him first amongst Liverpool midfielders—that speak to his talents in the middle of the pitch.

Previously this summer he was linked with a move to Arsenal, with Betis said to be willing to do a deal for around €30M, but as with Liverpool’s links to the likes of Saúl Ñíguez and Renato Sanches and Florian Neuhaus, that talk has gone quiet in recent weeks.

It’s hard to say, then, just how much weight to put in the player now being linked with Liverpool, and it could well represent nothing more than Betis trying to drum up business—looking to turn a quick profit on a player they signed on the cheap 18 months ago.

Still, depending on just what the Reds are looking for in the midfield reinforcement that they do seem as though they have to sign eventually, there’s a case for Rodríguez as a slightly older and more established defensive option who wouldn’t cost a fortune.