Report: Everton want £13.5m Milan ace Ricardo Rodriguez

Director of Football of Everton FC Marcel Brands looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on March 17, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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?

Ricardo Rodriguez of AC Milan looks on during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round Second Leg match between AC Milan and CSU Craiova at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 3, 2017 in...

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.

 

Enter Rodriguez.

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.

Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland looks on during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between Romania and Switzerland at Parc des Princes on June 15, 2016 in Paris, France.

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.

Arjen Robben (2.L) of Munich challenges Ricardo Rodriguez (R) of Wolfsburg during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Muenchen at Volkswagen Arena on March 8, 2014 in...

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