Arsenal have been told they must trigger Ricardo Rodriguez’s release clause by july 1st if they want to bring him to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The Gunners are believed to hold firm interest in the Switzerland international but face a race against time if they are to get the deal over the line.
The 23 year-old is currently representing Switzerland at the Euro 2016 alongside new Arsenal man Granit Xhaka.
Rodriguez release clause stands at just €25 million, a price which will encourage the Gunners not put off, Rodriguez has continued to shine previously and is now taking the Euros by storm and certainly looks set to be well worth his release clause.
Ricardo Rodriguez has been told by Wolfsburg the club will not negotiate a cheaper fee if he was to leave this summer, the club will stand firm and if a club fails to trigger his respective release clause by July 1st and any potential deal after will be near impossible to complete.
Rodriguez has had a very good start to the Euros and has impressed massively in the opening three games, Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has insisted his price will inflate after July 1st despite the player himself wanting to leave.
“We are on the alert and we are prepared, they will not get cheaper, rather the opposite” he told Kicker.
Despite reiterating Rodriguez had told the club ‘he sees his future elsewhere’, he warned the Switzerland international may not be able to leave.
“There is enough time to come to a decision during that period, we’d need to internally discuss a transfer at a later date” Allofs added.
Rodriguez has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his frail defence.
Rodriguez is said to be keen on linking up with his close friend, and national teammate Granit Xhaka at Arsenal and admitted it would be exciting after the midfielder signed for the Gunners for around £34 million.
Rodriguez was asked by Tagesanzeiger whether he would like to join up with Xhaka, who he shares a room with in the Swiss national team, Rodriguez said: “That would be exciting, yes, especially because the room arrangement at Arsenal would be fixed as well.”
The fullback would certainly fit into the Gunners style of play, he likes to get forward as much as he can and a strength of his is his crossing, something the Gunners have been sad to lack in recent seasons. Rodriguez really likes to bomb forward like Hector Bellerin, he contributes to many key passes and contributed to 1.44 per 90 minutes last season, this led to him bagging 0.13 assists. The powerful defender likes to dribble with the ball and managed a very impressive 67.74% successful take on’s which is very, very impressive. Rodriguez, is also as solid at the back managing 1.44 tackles per 90 which once again shows why many clubs are sniffing around.
Rodriguez moved to Wolfsburg in 2012 from Zurich and has gone on to play 125 games scoring 13 goals, his impressive performances has seen him represent Switzerland 40 times scoring 0 goals.
Arsenal may not be in desperate need for a Left-Back as they have Nacho Monreal, who has been one of the most impressive defenders in Europe in recent seasons and academy graduate Kieran Gibbs.
Monreal is now 30 years-old and Arsenal may look to bring someone in a bit younger to one day take over his first team position and also give him stiff competition over the next few seasons.
Rodriguez’s arrival could see the end of Kieran Gibb’s nine year stay with Gunners with Newcastle and several Premier League clubs interested in the defender, although he has reiterated he wants to stay with Arsenal and fight for his place unless he is forced out of the club.
Arsenal will have a battle on their hands to land Rodriguez with fellow Premier League rivals Manchester United said to be interested and Spanish giants Real Madrid also keen on the 23-year-old.