Wolfsburg have confirmed that left-back Ricardo Rodriguez will leave the club this summer.
The highly-rated 23-year-old, who played alongside Arsenal new boy Granit Xhaka as Switzerland beat Albania in their opening game of EURO 2016, has been touted as a possible replacement for Kieran Gibbs.
It’s believed that Wolfsburg’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League has triggered a £20 million release clause in Rodriguez’s contract.
“Rici has stated that his future is not with us,” sporting director Klaus Allofs told Wolfsburger Nachrichten. “But we can live with this decision.”
The Gunners aren’t the only side linked with Rodriguez, there’s also interest from Real Madrid and AS Roma.
On the subject of a move to Italy, the player’s agent, Gianluca Di Domenico, told TMW Radio: “Ricardo loves Italy so much, so surely if there was a serious proposal we would see.”
“But we need to see if there will be. I spoke with [Roma coach Walter Sabatini] on the phone a few times, but never about Ricardo Rodriguez.”
After a season on the bench it does seem pretty likely that Kieran Gibbs could call time on his career at the Emirates…and that, in turn, means we need someone to rival Nacho Monreal. Given his young age it looks as though Rodriguez could fit the bill.