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Arsenal's £25m striker target plans showdown talks with Benfica

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Arsenal and Liverpool have received a boost in their alleged pursuit of Rodrigo, after the Benfica striker's father - and agent - hinted he could leave Estadio da Luz in the summer.

TalkSPORT reports how the 23-year-old has attracted admiring glances from a number of top European clubs, following a series of scintillating performances for Jorge Jesus's side this season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the £25million-rated star to the Emirates Stadium, and could press ahead with negotiations when the transfer window reopens in June.

Arsenal will face competition from Premier League title rivals Liverpool, though, with Brendan Rodgers also on the lookout for reinforcements at Anfield at the end of the season.

Despite the prolific form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, it's believed that the Reds manager will strive to strengthen his forward line further, and might opt to add Rodrigo to his ranks.

The Brazilian-born forward has scored 13 goals in all competitions for Benfica this season, including a goal in last week's 3-1 Europa League victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Responding to speculation about his son's future, Adalberto Machado told TMW: "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."

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