Manchester United make Ricardo Rodriguez offer

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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 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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