Arsenal officials are awaiting for final approval from Arsene Wenger to sign striker Rodrigo from Benfica, according to reports in Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.
The 22 year old has drastically improved at the Estadio da Luz this season and has drawn interest from the Gunners, with Valencia and Zenit St Petersburg also vying for his signature.
The report states that Arsenal officials made contact with the Portuguese outfit and are confident of agreeing a deal, with a figure of less than €30 million thought to be enough.
It further states that once Arsenal officials agree a deal, they’ll report back to Wenger, who will have to give the green light for the transfer to go through and is thought that the Frenchman will make a decision depending on the price.
Arsenal have been tracking the Brazilian born striker for a while, but reports last week suggested that Benfica had accepted a £25m bid from Zenit for the forward, but the club are yet to hold talks with the player. But Arsenal apparently have since entered preliminary talks with the Portuguese giants to find out how much it will cost them to bring the 22 year old to the Premier League .
The Gunners hopes of striking a deal have been also lifted by the fact that Rodrigo, who spent a season on loan in the Premier League with Bolton Wanders during the 2010/11 campaign, is not particularly keen on a move to Russia.
He has scored 23 goals in 56 appearances for Benfica since his arrival in 2010 and would perhaps be better suited to a move to the Premier League given his experience in the Championship with Bolton as well as his sides run in the Europa League.
He stands at 5 ft 11 in and has some blistering pace, which could be exactly the kind of striker to tear Premier League defences apart. He can play upfront as a main striker or part of a front three on either side and has the all the ingredients to become a great striker.
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