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Manchester United make Ricardo Rodriguez offer

Rodriguez worked hard to keep Lionel Messi quiet
Rodriguez worked hard to keep Lionel Messi quiet.

Manchester United have made an offer for Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez despite the addition of Luke Shaw earlier this summer.

That's according to German newspaper Wolfsburger Allgemeine, which claims that United have lodged a 'concrete offer' for the 21-year-old Switzerland international, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool.

World Cup performances

Rodriguez was excellent all season for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, and capped off a memorable campaign with strong displays in Brazil at the World Cup. His country made it to the last 16, where they lost 1-0 to a Lionel Messi inspired Argentina after extra time.

Rodriguez did an exceptional job against the South Americans, and despite strong interest in the full-back from a number of Europe's top clubs, including the likes of Chelsea, the German newspaper claims United have moved first.

Chelsea's former left-back Ashley Cole is set to join Roma, and the Stamford Bridge club are looking to strengthen the position with Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis a long-term target.

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What about Luke Shaw?

It comes as something of a surprise to see the £12m-rated Rodriguez in transfer reports today, considering United recently added Shaw to the squad in a £27m deal from Southampton.

Patrice Evra has also signed a one-year contract extension, although the France international has continually been linked with a Serie A move regardless. Alexander Buttner has been granted a transfer to Dinamo Moscow after an unsuccessful stint as Evra's back-up.

Louis Van Gaal is not afraid to give youth a chance, which bodes well for England international Shaw, but if Evra is allowed to leave, then United will need extra competition alongside the former-Saints man.

Impressive stats

Statistics website whoscored.com rated Rodriguez as the best left-back in Europe last season. He's certainly one of the best going forward, as he registered five goals and nine assists from the position - leading his club in the assist category.

He featured in all four of Switzerland's World Cup games, and provided another two assists in the process.

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