Arsenal will have to pay a minimum of 25m euros for Ricardo Rodriguez if they’re seriously interested in signing the Swiss international.
Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has told Kicker that suitors will have to stiff up the 25m release clause for the full-back by July 1, otherwise run the risk of paying more.
With just a week to go before that deadline, Arsenal will have to move quickly, and we all know how loathe Wenger would be to unnecessarily pay more for a player.
Beyond July 1, Wolfsburg say they will be at liberty to inflate the transfer fee, so Arsenal would not be able to lower the price, which is the impression they may have been under.
We are on the alert and we are prepared.’ “They will not get cheaper, rather the opposite.”
Allofs reiterated that Rodriguez had already “clearly told us he sees his future elsewhere,” but warned the Switzerland international that the club will not necessarily be open to a sale.
“There is enough time to come to a decision during that period.
“We’d need to internally discuss a transfer at a later date.’
Arsene Wenger is believed to be in the market for a full-back, given that Hector Bellerin is the only truly top class full-back in his squad.
And Rodriguez is proving himself to be Premier League material with his performances for Switzerland at Euro 2016.