Reports in Spain suggest that Arsene Wenger is ready to move for one of Real Madrid’s brightest youngsters, Jose Rodriguez.
AS reports that on the recommendation of Spanish scout Francis Cagigao, Arsenal brought the young striker to London in June to see the training facilities and the Emirates Stadium. He met with Cesc, who apparently advised him to sign for the club, and left with an offer of €300,000 per year as well as a place in the U-18 team. Wenger has also spoken directly with his parents.
On his return to Madrid he advised them of Arsenal’s offer and the Spanish giants have presented him with a professional contract with a €6m release clause. Wenger is looking to take advantage of the loophole in Spanish employment law which saw him land Fabregas in 2004 and also sign Barcelona youngers John Toral and Hector Bellerin this summer.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal have done enough to woo Rodriguez, who was a stand-out player in the U17 World Cup, or if Real’s offer will be sufficient to keep him in Spain.