Arsenal close in on star, as club confirms player will leave

Ricardo Rodriguez

Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs has confirmed that Ricardo Rodriguez has told the club that he wants to leave the club this summer, as per Goal.

The Gunners aren’t the only side linked with Rodriguez, as there’s also interest from Real Madrid and AS Roma.

The North London club completed the signing of Swiss midfielder Xhaka for £34 million few weeks back and Rodriguez also seems interested in joining his fellow countryman this summer.

Wolfsburg’s sporting director Allofs has admitted the player has made his wish to leave clear, but is not concerned by the decision. He said:

“Rici has stated that his future is not with us,” according to Goal.

“But we can live with this decision.”

Rodriguez has a €25 million release clause in his contract and recently confirmed that he would not consider his future until after the Euro 2016 competition had finished.

This will be a good news for the Gunners, as it was reported by the Evening Standard earlier this week that the defender is willing to make a move to the Emirates stadium.

The Swiss defender’s agent Gianluca Di Domenico has recently spoken about the youngster’s contractual agreement with Wolfsburg, confirming that the player has a release clause in his contract.

If Arsenal do sign Rodriguez, then it might lead to Kieran Gibbs leaving the club this summer. Gibbs didn’t get much game time last season and with this move he might be open to a move elsewhere to get more playing time.

Wolfsburg have failed to qualify for the upcoming Champion League campaign and with Arsenal offering the same, it is highly possible that the defender might be more than willing to join the Gunners this summer.

The Swiss international bagged 20 goals in 157 appearance all for the Bundesliga outfit and is a player who will not only help in the defence but will also contribute greatly in the attack, which Arsenal’s wing-back’s regularly do.

In conclusion, his finishing ability makes will him a threat on either side of the pitch, which could be one of the main reasons that the French manager might push a deal through soon.

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