Manchester United & Chelsea target could be available this summer

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The agent of Chelsea and Manchester United target Ricardo Rodriguez appears to have ruled out a January switch for his client - but has hinted that he could be available during the summer.

Wolfsburg starlet Rodriguez, who has made 17 appearances for Dieter Hecking's outfit so far this season, has impressed hugely at Volkswagen Arena and at just 21 appears to have superb potential.

He has been linked with a host of European clubs including AC Milan, with Premier League title rivals Chelsea and Manchester United both reportedly eyeing the Swiss international as a potential long-term replacement for the likes of Ashley Cole and Patrice Evra.

However, according to Rodriguez's agent, any potential January move for the former FC Zurich defender are not likely to be successful - with a summer transfer seemingly a possibility.

"In January, he will not move from Wolfsburg because the club does not want to sell as they absolutely want to get into the Champions League," Gianluca di Domenico was quoted by the Daily Express.

"Maybe after the World Cup in June [he can leave] but it will not be easy as many clubs are interested in him."

Manchester United's pursuit of a new left-back does not appear to be in too much doubt, with the club having been consistently linked with the likes of Southampton's Luke Shaw and England star Leighton Baines.

Although Evra remains one of the league's top performers in his position, he is out of the contract at the end of the current campaign and it seems hugely unlikely that he will sign another one moving forward.

Chelsea, meanwhile, also boast two competent left-backs in the form of Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand. However, with the former struggling to regain his previously stellar form, it seems Jose Mourinho could also use a timely upgrade.

Despite Wolfsburg's apparent reluctance to sell during the current window, though, it could be a significant risk for either Chelsea or Manchester United to wait until the summer window to make their move.

With Switzerland having been handed a favourable World Cup draw, a standout performance in Brazil could see Rodriguez's value skyrocket.

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