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Real Betis’ Guido Rodriguez had a verbal agreement with Barcelona to join them this summer but according to García Grova, the move is unlikely to happen.

Barca need to strengthen their defensive midfield area and Rodriguez was supposed to be a very sensible signing for the Catalans. However, it seems like the Argentine was only Xavi’s preference.

The first major and obvious reason why this deal seems to have collapsed is because Barcelona do to have the necessary finances to see this one through. Also, the club feels that if they were to land Guido Rodriguez it will make things even more difficult when it comes to signing their big-name targets in the coming weeks.

The second reason why the Betis midfielder is not coming to Camp Nou is because new manager Hansi Flick has other priorities and he seems to have handed Deco a new set of midfield targets that Barcelona should pursue.

Rodriguez joined Real Betis in 2020 and his contract with the club expires this summer so he would have arrived at Barcelona as a free agent. Not paying a transfer fee is a big positive for Barca at the moment but the club seem uninterested in inflating their wage bills by signing a 30-year-old ageing midfielder.

What are other options for Barcelona?

Hansi Flick is very keen on signing Joshua Kimmich from Bayern Munich who is most likely not going to pen an extension with Vincent Kompany’s side.

Barcelona will have to spend around €50-60 million on the 29-year-old but bringing in an eight-time Bundesliga winner makes much more sense than signing Guido Rodriguez.

Barca have also been keeping tabs on Everton’s Amadou Onana who is currently being valued at around €60 million. However, the Premier League side need to balance their books to avoid an FFP breach which is why Barca are hoping to land Onana at a cut-price deal.

Onana is only 22-year-old and if he can come good at Camp Nou then Barcelona won’t have to think about investing in a new defensive midfielder for the next four to five years.

Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes has also been linked with the Catalans and even though the Magpies are facing a similar financial situation as Everton, we don’t think they will be willing to offload their marquee players for anything cheap.

He does have a €118 million release clause which expires towards the end of June but there’s no way Barcelona will be able to trigger that. Bruno’s current market value is €85 million and after June, Newcastle United will probably entertain offers only above €100 million.