The agent of Wolfsburg star Ricardo Rodriguez has confirmed that there has been contact made by Manchester United with regards to a potential purchase of his client.
As relayed to Italian sources, the Bundesliga star is of interest to the powers that be at Old Trafford but his current club have no intentions of letting him go. United were linked with a move for him on and off over the course of last summer, with no move materialising in the end.
Now that Wolfsburg are flying high domestically - they sit behind only Bayern Munich in the German rankings - a number of their players have become the subject of interest from major European clubs. Kevin De Bruyne is a mooted target of former club Chelsea, understandably so, and now, agent Gianluca di Domenico has confirmed that Rodriguez is also wanted in the Premier League.
"I can say that United have called for information, but that Wolfsburg do not want to give in. With Real there was nothing official,” Domenico said, according to Italian sources.
Admittedly such a claim is certain to be the subject of doubtful scrutiny as United already have Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind who can all play in the left-back position. The Red Devils spent £27 million on landing Shaw, implying that he is the man they want guarding the left-hand side of their defence for the foreseeable future.
Though technically gifted, and undoubtedly in-form, Ricardo doesn’t promise anything that Louis van Gaal doesn’t already have, thus it would be highly strange for the Dutchman to make any real effort in convincing Wolfsburg to part with him.
What would make more sense tactically would be to move for an established centre-half who has experience to match his ability, and staying in the Bundesliga there are plenty of options.
Mats Hummels has long been a rumoured target of United’s and he could be prepared to abandon Borussia Dortmund’s ship this summer due to the roller-coaster that has been this season’s campaign, whilst Schalke 04’s Benedikt Howedes has done nothing to put off suitors with his performances.
Recent estimates have it pegged that Van Gaal will have £150 million to spend once more come the end of the term, but the 63-year-old needs to play his cards right if he wants to ensure that he has the continued backing of both the fans and the chiefs at boardroom level. A debut season without major silverware is acceptable as United are a club in transition, a second campaign without trophies would likely see Van Gaal left without a job.
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