Guido Rodriguez might turn out to be the ideal gamble for Manchester United in midfield

A surprise development emerged in Manchester United’s pursuit of summer additions last night with a move touted for Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez.

AS report United have made contact for Rodriguez, who has been playing for Real Betis for the past two seasons after making the jump from the Mexican top flight.

Football Espana wrote recently, “the Argentine international has been instrumental” in Real Betis’ surge up the La Liga table over the past couple of seasons.

Rodriguez is a physical, tough tackling midfielder who is more suited to being Manchester United’s answer for the defensive midfield position than Adrien Rabiot, a jack of all trades and master of none.

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Rodriguez might turn out to be the ideal gamble

A move for Guido Rodriguez would cost just £16.8 million, AS report. This is a very fair price for an international who has 24 caps for his country since making his debut in 2017.

European football journalist Jonas Giæver presented a positive view of a potential deal for Rodriguez, suggesting he would be a good fit for Manchester United’s midfield.

The Professional Football Scouts Association (PFSA) has praised Rodriguez’s attributes, writing: “Exceptional on the defensive end, his superb reading of the play, positional sense and judgement ensures he cuts out many an attack to regain possession for his team.

“Forever adjusting his position depending on the location of the ball and opponents, he knows when to shift across, drop back, hold his post, step forward, jump out to press or support a colleague.”

Rodriguez’s character was talked up by Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni, after a strong performance upon a return to the side, in a win over Uruguay.

He told FotMob: “Guido was always with us and we have valued his commitment for a long time, with his way of training and his way of supporting his team-mates. Today he had his chance and he did not waste it.”

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A bargain move for United

FBRef stats rank Guido Rodriguez as 7th in La Liga last season for tackles won, with 57, just behind Real Madrid’s Casemiro. He also ranks ninth in La Liga for pressures.

The site’s data player comparison tool compares him in profile to Kalvin Phillips, Wilfred Ndidi, and Yves Bissouma. This is not bad company for him to be in.

The combative midfielder would be well suited to the Premier League. Erik ten Hag has a good track record of working with South Americans during his time at Ajax, and for under £20 million, this could be an important piece of the puzzle.

Manchester United have left it late to address the club’s midfield situation, but it’s not quite too late. A move for Rodriguez could be a remarkably sensible piece of business.

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