Serie A’s fallen giants AC Milan will reportedly look to sell left-back Ricardo Rodriguez but could he replace Leighton Baines at Premier League Everton?
Everton are interested in signing out-of-favour AC Milan flyer Ricardo Rodriguez, according to Blick.
The Toffees might have one of, if not the, best left-backs in the Premier League right now with Lucas Digne making the position his own since arriving at Goodison Park following a frustrating two years on the Barcelona bench.
But, with 34-year-old Leighton Baines his only real competition, it seems that Everton are set to make a signing new left-sided defender a priority. Baines, after all, is out of contract next summer and hasn’t played a second of football under Marco Silva this season.
The Switzerland international, born to a Spanish father and a Chilean mother, has fallen out of favour at Milan since being usurped by Theo Hernandez. According to Blick, Rodriguez’s time at the San Siro is coming to an end despite a change of management, with Roma, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund all rivalling Everton for his signature.
The 27-year-old joined Milan two years ago in a deal worth £13.5 million but, in truth, he has never really replicated his barnstorming Wolfsburg displays in the famous red and black stripes of the seven-time European champions.
Rodriguez was one of the Bundesliga’s most effective full-backs at Wolfsburg. Back in the 2014/15 season, he produced ten goals and five assists alongside Kevin De Bruyne, Ivan Perisic and co as The Wolves ran Bayern Munich close in a thrilling title race.