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Chelsea are preparing a bid to beat Arsenal to the services of Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez, according to reports.
Rodriguez is being linked with a move to the Emirates as a replacement for Kieran Gibbs who is attracting interest from the likes of Crystal Palace, Swansea and West Ham.
Last week, Italian Journalist Emmanuel Giulianelli claimed Wenger will make a move for Rodriguez if Gibbs leaves this month.
But the Sun via the Express now claims it is Chelsea who have made the first move to sign the defender.
The Blues have reportedly contacted the player’s agent and are willing to spend up to £21m for the defender which could end Arsenal’s chances of signing the defender.
Although it is unlikely that Gibbs would leave the Emirates this winter, should in case the England international be tempted to move in search of better first team opportunities, Rodriguez will be a solid replacement but Chelsea’s interest will now complicate things for us.
Rodriguez has been long linked with a move to the Emirates and was even linked with the club in the last transfer window, so it’s not actually surprising that his name has cropped up again.
The Switzerland international has established himself as one of Europe’s best left backs over the years and will be a great signing for most clubs but whether we really want him is another question.
However, I think we should just focus on keeping Gibbs here until the summer at least when we will be able to explore the market very well.