The father of Benfica striker Rodrigo has said that he will sit down to talk with the club at the end of the season, perhaps over tea and biscuits, to discuss his son’s future at the club.
Rodrigo has been heavily linked with a move away from imminent Portuguese champions Benfica with Liverpool and Arsenal’s name propping up ever so often as possible future clubs of the player.
His father Adalberto Machado (no relation to Federico Machado) has reaffirmed that his son’s primary concern is winning the title with Benfica this season but has also hinted at a move away in the summer when he will having a chat with the management of Benfica.
“I expect to meet the club at the end of the season,” he told TMW.
“We want the best for the player and for the club, but at the moment Rodrigo is only concentrating on Benfica and winning titles at the end of the season.”
Rodrigo was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in January but nothing came off it. Seething at the move not happening and their impending financial doom, Benfica sold his financial rights to a third party ownership for 30m euros. It now makes no sense that his father would want to sit with Benfica to hold talks about his son’s future when he is owned by some business magnate who will probably not sell him for less than what he bought him for.
Rodrigo has scored 11 goals from 18 starts so far this season and though the numbers are impressive, it would be rather generous for a team to shell out in excess of 30m euros for him. And to think Arsenal would come out with such a sum?
There are strikers who can be categorized as being closer to the elite level who can be obtained for lesser fee and this will factor in against Rodrigo. Rodrigo might end up leaving Benfica at the end of the season but it is certainly not for Arsenal.