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.
2. Juan Bernat
Having struggled for game time at the Allianz Arena since his arrival from Valencia two summers ago, the 2012 European Under-19 Championship winner may start to consider his future as he has experienced a stunted international career growth since progressing through the Spanish youth ranks.
Wolfsburg may come to the rescue of Juan Bernat if Rodriguez does end up being sold, as the 23-year-old may be tempted at having a starting berth to himself at the Volkswagen Arena. However, a lack of European football for the club might dissuade Bernat from agreeing to such a switch.
His qualities almost match those of Rodriguez’, and with regular playing time, his full potential will come to fore. It will be a herculean challenge to lure him away from Munich, but given that he has the chance to prove himself and compete for a regular place in the national side by showing his abilities with regular football, a move could work out, even if it will come at a price.