Bayern Munich could step up their interest in VfL Wolfsburg left back Ricardo Rodriguez in the next transfer window, pulling the rug from underneath Manchester United.
During the summer, the Swiss full back was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford however the move was put on the back burners after it was announced that the club had signed Luke Shaw for £31.5million from Southampton
Following this the Red Devils went on to secure the services of Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind – both left orientated defenders.
Now it has been revealed by the German media outlet, Blick, that Pep Guardiola will look to bring in the 22 year-old defender who has been deemed the “best left-back in the Bundesliga” by his coach, Dieter Hecking.
Former Bayern and Switzerland coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, added to this claim by stating: “In general, Ricardo has the potential to play on teams playing for the title. At Bayern or Real he could certainly play.”
Rodriguez leading the Wolves
It has been a mixed start for the Wolves who have otherwise been tipped to challenge for a top four spot.
Wolfsburg got their first win against Bayer Leverkusen in their fourth game of the season, beating Roger Schmidt’s side with a comprehensive 4-1 win, just days after losing by the same margin to Everton in the Europa League.
In their most recent display, Rodriguez played a part in his side’s 2-1 win over Werder Bremen as he got their first goal and set up Aaron Hunt later on who almost scored an audacious back heeled goal.
At the World Cup, Rodriguez was highlighted as one of Switzerland’s top performers as they progressed into the final 16 before losing 1-0 to Argentina.
Bayern’s defensive difficulties
Bayern are starting to pull away at the top of the Bundesliga but Pep Guardiola is still sceptical of his defensive options and is looking to recruit more faces in the next window to bolster his squad.
Holger Badstuber and Javi Martinez have both been knocked back with long term injuries causing the Spaniard to alternate between his current defensive options.
Although Bayern are equipped with David Alaba and Juan Bernat at the left full-back position, Guardiola is looking to mobilise the pair into more attacking threats, often pushing them into midfield positions. This would open the door to Rodriguez and this type of freedom to push forward would certainly attract the Swiss star.
On Van Gaal’s radar
Rodriguez is still very much on Louis van Gaal’s radar as he looks to bulk up his defence following a poor start to the new season summed up in their 5-3 defeat to Leicester City. The Dutchman is also reportedly interested in securing the services of Seamus Coleman as part of a swap deal with Everton involving former Toffee, Marouane Fellaini.
Guardiola’s push for Rodriguez could be a sly ploy to snatch the talented full back away from the Van Gaal’s clutches, typically after sourly stating that United could not afford to sign any of his players.