Arsenal are considering a move in signing Liverpool striker target Rodrigo Moreno in the coming transfer window, according to the Mirror.
The 23-year-old has been a summer target for Brendan Rodgers's side and Benfica confirmed the Merseyside club's interest in Spain U23 international. Rodrigo came up through the ranks of Real Madrid's youth system, but failed to break into their first team.
The striker completed his move to Benfica in 2010 and has spent time at Bolton Wanderers on loan during the 2010/11 season. Rodrigo has already featured in the Premier League and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing him to the Emirates at the end of the season.
The report claims the Portuguese club value Rodrigo to be around £28m. The Gunners are willing to match his asking price in landing the striker. Arsenal have the services of Olivier Giroud, Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner as the first choice strikers in the squad.
Wenger has already hinted that Bendtner played his last game for Arsenal last month, meaning Arsenal will make a move for a striker in the summer transfer window. Sanogo is yet to start in a league game for the Gunners, having made just five appearances from the bench.
The 22-year-old has been on the sidelines for the most part of the season, leaving Wenger to field Giroud as the lone striker upfront. A move for Rodrigo would be ideal for the Gunners as it would give the Frenchman more options during the team selection.
However, the Mirror also claims Arsenal could face tough competition from Inter Milan in signing Rodrigo. The Italian club are willing to meet the striker's £28m asking price and are ready to offer better terms than the English outfit.
Rodrigo's father and agent Adalberto Machado is aware of the growing interest in his client's services. His representative has admitted to holding talks with Benfica regarding the Spaniard's future at the end of the season.
"I expect to meet the club at the end of the season. 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," ' Machado told Tutto Mercato Web.