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Barcelona Identify This La Liga Midfielder As A Target: Good Choice For Xavi?

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In a recent report, ara.cat mentioned that Barcelona have identified Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez as a target. It has been revealed that the Catalan giants are eyeing a move to secure the services of the Argentine talent next year.

Rodriguez’s Impressive Campaign In Spanish Football

Rodriguez is having a fine campaign with Betis as he has managed to produce a run of consistent displays at the heart of their midfield. The 28-year-old has scored one goal in 17 matches for the Spanish club this season across all fronts.

The Argentine sensation has anchored the midfield with a lot of conviction for Real Betis by averaging 3.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.8 clearances per game in La Liga. He has even taken care of the ball when interchanging possession with his teammates from midfield after making 88.7% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Rodriguez is under contract at the Estadio Benito Villamarín is set to expire in the summer of 2024. Therefore, the Catalan club might have a good chance of securing his services at a cut-price fee next summer when he will just have a year left on his contract.

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Is Guido Rodriguez A Good Choice For Barcelona Head Coach Xavi?

Rodriguez can get stuck in with some crunching tackles to make life difficult for the opposition at the centre of the park. He is often quick to spot the danger and can make a few timely interceptions for his side. The Argentine talent doesn’t hesitate to clear the danger when the opposition are on the front foot.

Rodriguez is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also fill in as a box-to-box midfielder if his manager asks him to do so. He is a good passer of the ball as well but needs to add some goals to his game if he wants to taste success at the highest level.

We can expect someone of Rodriguez’s quality to add more bite and steel to Barcelona boss Xavi‘s midfield department at the Nou Camp. At 28, he is currently playing at the peak of his career and has what it takes to make an instant impact at the Catalan club.

Thus, Rodriguez will be a decent choice for Xavi to consider next year as he is good enough to increase competition for places within his match-day squad. Furthermore, the Argentine might even help the Catalan giants compete for some major trophies in the coming seasons.

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