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Arsenal plan late swoop to sign Tottenham target in a potential £30m transfer deal

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We are only a day away from the end of the transfer window so there are a lot of rumors flying around regarding Arsenal.

One such rumor is that the Gunners are looking at bringing in the Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez from AC Milan for a deal worth £30m as per the latest reports in Daily Mail.

Left back is not an area where the Gunners need urgent reinforcement but if this report is to believed, the injury of Sead Kolasinac has possibly played a major role in it.

However, Metro claim that Arsenal’s bid for the defender has been rejected and the 25-year-old wants to stay at AC Milan.

Rodriguez has been a consistently impressive player for a number of seasons and he has continued that form even after joining AC Milan. The defender was a part of the Swiss national team which reached the Round Of 16 at the World Cup in Russia.

If he does come to the Emirates, it is an indication that Nacho Monreal will play more of a role as a center back. The Spaniard has played there in the past and he has shown that he has what it takes to do well.

Kolasinac will be out for almost two and a half months so Arsenal need someone at the left back spot. The major obstacle in the deal is the asking price that AC Milan have fixed. This looks like its a little too much for the Gunners.

The current option that Arsenal have for the left back sport is to use Ainsley Maitland-Niles who has played there in the past. Although this is not the way manager Unai Emery would like it to be, this is what he will probably have to do.

As for Rodriguez, there is a real incentive for him to join the Gunners as he has two teammates from the national team. Granit Xhaka and new signing Stephan Lichtsteiner are already familiar with him from their time together playing for the Swiss national team.

This will make it easier for him to feel welcome. Whatever Arsenal has in store for the transfer window, it needs to be done quickly.

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