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Arsenal linked with transfer bid for Ricardo Rodriguez

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Arsenal's summer spending could be about to go into overdrive with reports in Germany claiming they are preparing to meet the release clause of Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez.

Kicker claims the release clause stands at a rather reasonable €25m (£19m), which falls well within the budget of Arsene Wenger.

Although that may be a lot to pay for a left-back, Rodriguez has once again proved to be one of the finest in his position after another fine campaign for the Bundesliga outfit.

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As a Switzerland international, Rodriguez makes up a strong unit that also includes Arsenal's new signing Granit Xhaka. The midfielder recently joined the Gunners from Borussia Monchengladbach in a £30m deal and would no doubt be keen to link up with his compatriot at the Emirates.

But Xhaka is not the only fan of Rodriguez in north London with the same report claiming Arsenal's head of youth development Andreas Jonker is a big fan of the 23-year-old.

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Jonker was the assistant manager at Wolfsburg before joining Arsenal in 2014 and saw over Rodriguez's introduction into the first team. He has apparently told Wenger he would add something to the team.

Replacing Gibbs

While it is always wise to take transfer reports from foreign sources with a large pinch of salt, it is widely believed that Arsenal are in the market for a new left-back this summer.

Kieran Gibbs is believed to have grown unhappy at Arsenal after falling behind Nacho Monreal in the pecking order and Wenger is open to selling him for the right price.

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With Monreal over 30-years-old, Wenger will need a long-term replacement and has been linked with Leicester youngster Ben Chilwell. But he is also the subject of interest from Liverpool and is believed to prefer a move to Anfield.

Rodriguez would be a much more immediate alternative to the Spaniard and would certainly cost more.

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