A report in Germany claims Manchester United have made a formal bid for Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.
Wolfsburger Allgemeine claims United are the first club to make an offer for the 21-year-old, however details are a little thin on the ground.
If the report is true it would be somewhat surprising given the club’s recent signing of Luke Shaw. But persistent rumours that Patrice Evra could join Alex Buttner in leaving Old Trafford this summer could see Louis van Gaal seeking a replacement.
While Shaw is likely to play the majority of games, if Evra were to leave the club there is no realistic replacement if the England international was injured, suspended or simply rested. And at 21, Rodriguez could be excellent competition for the teenage Shaw.
The Switzerland international impressed in Brazil this summer, and with a contract until the summer of 2016 his current club may feel this is the best time to cash in on him if a new deal is unlikely to be agreed.
The fact that Rodriguez can also operate on the left-wing could be an enticing extra for van Gaal, who will be all too aware that United are particularly weak in that position, with Ashley Young tipped to make a swift exit himself.
For now the report remains somewhat vague, and yet given Rodriguez’s ability and his versatility, the suggested move may not be as unlikely as first thought.