A key man in Switzerland’s European Championships campaign this summer was Ricardo Rodriguez. The explosive left-back had a great outing in France and has further added to his growing list of suitors as a result.
Every other transfer window, Rodriguez’s name comes up as being one bound for a possible exit from the Bundesliga club; but this summer’s transfer window looks like the final straw set to break the camel’s back as far as making the long-awaited switch to a big side goes.
Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea have all been linked with the 23-year-old left back, and as an exit looms, here are three like-for-like replacements Wolfsburg can pursue, given their moderate spending power. They can also act as possible options for those clubs that are unsuccessful in their pursuit of Rodriguez.
3. Mattia De Sciglio
Antonio Conte deployed the AC Milan full-back as the left winger in his 5-man midfield setting for Italy at the Euros, primarily because of his brilliant attacking and defensive abilities. The 23-year-old delivered.
Putting in some scintillating displays, the Italy international showed fantastic ability when going forward, meaning he is an adequate replacement for the attack-minded Ricardo Rodriguez. De Sciglio was also an integral part of the Milan side that placed 7th last term in Serie A and his quality has already seen him attract Juventus and Napoli this summer.
Signing a player of his status won’t come easy for Wolfsburg, but having attracted the likes of Dante and Luiz Gustavo in recent seasons, targeting De Sciglio isn’t too unrealistic. He can also comfortably play on both the left and right wings, so his versatility can be of enormous use to whichever club is lucky enough to have this player for the upcoming season.