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€45m Real Madrid recruit emerges as Arsenal transfer target

Arsenal are among the sides keen on signing the Brazilian attacker Rodrygo from Real Madrid this summer, according to a Spanish outlet Fichajes.

He spent his formative years in his homeland, where the player garnered the reputation of being one of the brightest youngsters in the nation.

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Los Blancos invariably pursued him before securing his services in the summer of 2019. And the 21-year-old forward has since made gradual progress in his professional career.

The 2021/22 term has been difficult for him, who has a sub-par tally of only two goals and seven assists in 36 matches across all competitions.

But in spite of his recent shortcomings at the Galacticos, the South American remains high on the agenda for multiple clubs across Europe, especially from the Premier League, with the Gunners interested in landing him.

The Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe faces an uncertain Arsenal future, meaning the former Santos sensation could arrive as competition for Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

Rodrygo’s long-term future at Santiago Bernabeu is up in the balance amid the upcoming pursuit of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

It’ll be interesting to see if the ace’s stint with the capital side ends in the summer transfer market, with Mikel Arteta’s side looking to sanction a raid in such a scenario.

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