According to reports in The Daily Mirror on Wednesday, Manchester United aren’t even aware of 21-year-old Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodríguez, and claim they certainly haven’t made a bid for the highly rated VfL Wolfsburg defender.
Contradicting reports coming out of Germany in the Wolfsburg Allgemeine claiming a deal had been done for the young star, United have apparently said that the interest is not there for Rodríguez, and certainly a signing hasn’t been discussed.
It is believed that Wolfsburg would be looking a fee in the region of £15 million, a potential snip for a player of his perceived ability and suitability.
With Alexander Büttner already gone, and a deal taking Patrice Evra to Juventus reportedly done and dusted, Luke Shaw is now United’s only out-and-out left-back, and Louis van Gaal is apparently looking for competition for the 18-year-old. Though it would be a surprise should Van Gaal choose someone he is unfamiliar with especially when considering the names being banded about (Daley Blind being the main one that springs to mind).
Rodríguez has certainly impressed in his two seasons in the Bundesliga, and having 20 caps for his country is no mean feat at his age. Having shown glimpses of his talents in Brazil this summer, he certainly seems like a good fit for what is looking to be achieved next season, and it is no surprise a top side like ourselves would be interested in him.
Certainly he would be a fine addition to the squad, and would/could provide plenty of competition for Shaw both in the short and long-term as age is on both of their sides. This story is one that I personally hope isn’t true, and that we are indeed interested. Rodríguez has impressed for Switzerland this summer, and is a player that would add something more than just competition to Louis Van Gaal’s troops.