Arsenal are reportedly ready to make a move for Benefica striker Rodrigo Moreno in the coming transfer window, according to reports in the Mirror.
The 23 year old has had a fine season with the Portuguese outfit and has even scored against the Gunners rivals Tottenham earlier this season.
The report suggests that manager Arsene Wenger is keen on the Spanish striker and is willing to match his asking price of £28 million. It further states that Arsenal could face tough competition from Inter Milan in signing Rodrigo, as the Italian club are also willing to meet the striker’s asking price but are ready to offer better terms than the north London side.
The Spaniard has been a summer target for Liverpool and Benfica even confirmed the Merseyside club’s interest in the striker. Rodrigo came up through the ranks of Real Madrid’s youth system, but failed to break into their first team. He completed his move to Benfica in 2010 and has spent time at Bolton Wanderers on loan during the 2010/11 season.
He stands at 5 ft 11 inches tall, so would appear to be the perfect height for a striker. He is a very comfortable player on the ball and is also intelligent off the ball. His primary foot is his left, but he is also able to use his right, albeit it is not quite as reliable.
He predominately operates as a striker but can be deployed as a winger and even just behind the striker. His dribbling is also a key part of his game, with him able to control the ball confidently and beat players using speed and skill. He has relatively good vision and awareness while he can pick out some wonderful passes.
It’s evident that Rodrigo has talent in abundance, but we have yet to see the best of him. He has potential, but he needs to work on certain aspects of his game. The Gunners are certainly in need of improving their options in attack and it remains to be seen as to whether the Arsenal boss steps up his interest in the striker in the near future.
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