Ricardo Rodriguez’s agent Gianluca Di Domenico has revealed that a new release clause has become active “today”, and claims he and his client are willing to listen to offers, as reported by TMW.
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We’ve recently been linked with a £19m move for the Swiss star (via IBT), with Arsene Wenger apparently wanting to bring him to the Emirates alongside his international teammate Granit Xhaka.
It certainly seems like Rodriguez will be on his way out of VfL Wolfsburg this summer, with his agent certainly not shy about discussing the exit links. He revealed that on June 10 a new release clause came into play, hinting at an imminent exit for the 23-year-old.
“Today, Ricardo Rodriguez has a termination clause, which was not there before. You have to respect the contracts,” he said.
While Arsenal are the club most heavily linked with a move for the left-back – even if that position is not really a priority – De Domenico certainly didn’t talk up a move to the Premier League.
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He mentioned that Rodriguez would love a move to Italy, mentioning Roma director Walter Sabatini in particular.
“Ricardo loves Italy so much, so surely if there was a serious proposal we would see,” he continued.
“But we need to see if there will be. I spoke with him [Sabatini] on the phone a few times, but never about Ricardo Rodriguez.”
As we’ve said, a left-back really shouldn’t be a priority this summer. That said though, Rodriguez is an absolutely fantastic player and if now is going to be the only opportunity we’re going to have to sign him, then we should be taking the chance.
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We’ll get to see both Xhaka and Rodriguez in action for Switzerland at the Euros this summer, and hopefully the full-backs performances will convince Arsene Wenger he’s worth the expenditure.