Transfer Bin: Why United won't be spending £19m on Ricardo Rodriguez

Ricardo Rodriguez

Manchester United have been linked with signing Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.

German football magazine Kicker are the latest offenders to go into the HITC Transfer Bin, with the suggestion that Manchester United are interested in signing Ricardo Rodriguez from Wolfsburg.

The left-back was strongly linked with a move to the Premier League during the summer transfer window as several teams, who needed a left-back, were thrown into the bracket of sides reportedly interested in him.

The first and most obvious problem with United’s apparent interest is his position.

United don’t need another left-back.

Louis van Gaal commissioned a big money bid for Luke Shaw from Southampton in the summer and when it became obvious that Shaw wasn’t anywhere near as fit as he needed to be, he went after another left-back.

Marcos Rojo arrived from Sporting Lisbon with Nani heading in the opposite direction on loan for the season.

United don’t need a left side defender, what they need is a strong and experience centre-back to offer a presence in the back four and someone who can stop the side imploding similarly to how they did against Leicester last weekend.

Rodriguez was less than impressive in the Europa League game last week when he was matched up against Leighton Baines.

If United’s interest is accurate, which is unlikely, that’s a match they would have watched and they couldn’t have helped but be underwhelmed as he struggled to keep on top of Everton’s attack.

He was outperformed by Baines, a player United publicly tried to sign before he signed a long term contract to stay at Goodison Park.

The next point which makes a deal unlikely is the financial aspect.

This may sound ironic as United spent big during the summer, demonstrating they still have the cash reserves to go after big money deals.

However, if United are eyeing a high profile centre-back, the deal is going to be expensive.

Put that alongside any plans for the club to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and there’s no point the club splashing cash on a player they have no real direct or obvious need for in the squad.

Rubbish Rating: United don’t need him and they can use the cash more effectively elsewhere. It’s not going to happen.

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