Arsenal are eyeing up a move to land Real Betis star Guido Rodriguez, according to the latest reports in Italy.

An exodus of midfielders appears likely at Arsenal, with Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard already having returned to Real Madrid and Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira keen to move on ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

There had been talk of a chance arising for Matteo Guendouzi but he too left to sign for Marseille on a temporary basis last week.

It leaves manager Mikel Arteta short of options in the middle of the pitch and the club will look to further bolster this area once they announce the arrival of Anderlecht’s 21-year-old star Albert Sambi Lokonga who will be unveiled when the Belgian comes out of quarantine.

Teun Koopmeiners, Houssem Aouar and James Maddison have all been placed on the Gunners’ shortlist and Betis’ Rodriguez – a more defensive-minded midfielder to those linked – has emerged as a top target.

Gianluca Di Marzio claims the north Londoners are very fond of the Argentine but their interest is yet to develop into anything concrete at this moment.

The report suggests Los Verdiblancos have slapped a €30 million (£26 million) price tag on the 27-year-old star and could be open to a sale as they aim to raise funds for new arrivals before the summer transfer market closes.