Arsenal target Ricardo Rodriguez had a release clause of €25 million until July 1st and panic has been growing amongst Arsenal fans that their target was going to escape their clutches. By waiting, however, Arsene Wenger has potentially pulled off a masterstroke which may see the Gooners get their man for a reduced fee.
Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez has been a topic of conversation over the previous two months amidst various reports that Arsenal are the prime club to capture the wantaway player.
Over the past couple of weeks there has been a noticeable silence regarding a potential transfer for Rodriguez, yet Swiss news outlet Blick have gone some way to explaining why Arsenal are yet to move for their target and their reasoning will probably have Arsenal fans jumping for joy.
Having finished in a disappointing 8th position in the Bundesliga last season, Wolfsburg have publicly resigned themselves to the fact that they will be without Rodriguez next season with Sporting Director Klaufs Allofs conceding in an interview with Blick that “Rici has stated that his future is not with us”, on June 18th.
The article on the website of Blick explains that Wolfsburg understand that retaining Rodriguez’s services now seems “impossible” and that without the minimum threshold of the release clause, “the poker game for Rodriguez will begin”.
One would possibly expect the German side to hold out for a figure higher than the release clause of €25 million but with no clubs having previously submitted a formal bid, it seems that any hopes of receiving the amount in the release clause have been dashed and marketing Rodriguez at a higher figure would prohibit any transfer and cause disharmony amongst the dressing room by forcing an unhappy player to stay at Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg have to now accept that any formal offer from Arsenal would fall below the €25 million mark and Blick have even stated on their website that the fee could be “significantly lower” than his previous release clause.
Whether this will open a bidding war with more clubs entering the race to sign Rodriguez remains to be seen, but if Arsenal are prompt enough in their approach, Arsene Wenger’s patience may be rewarded with a much lower transfer fee than would have been required had his release clause still been active.
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