According to 90min.com, the Gunners have made formal contact with German club Wolfsburg over the possibility of making Ricardo Rodriguez their second summer signing.
After disappointingly missing out on the Premier League title last season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his squad ahead of the next season. Granit Xhaka has already signed for the club and his international team mate Rodriguez could be the next marquee signing as reported by Bild.
Arsenal has been told they must trigger the player’s release clause by July 1 if they want to sign him. A repeat of what they did to English man Jamie Vardy.
The Emirate club was also linked with the Switzerland international during last summer’s transfer window.
In the mean time, Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has confirmed that the fee of the Swiss international will go up after the end of June.
“We are on the alert and we are prepared [to listen to offers],” Allofs told Kicker.
“They [Ricardo Rodriguez and Luiz Gustavo’s fees] will not get cheaper, rather the opposite, [should other sides fail to trigger their respective release clauses].
“There is enough time to come to a decision during that period.”
It’s believed that the Gunners are considering the offer to pay €25m up front and sign the 23-year-old left back rather than entering a lengthy negotiation with the Wolfburg.