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Arsenal have been boosted in the race to sign Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez, via the ESPN.

Wenger has been linked with a move for the Swiss fullback as he searches for a replacement for Kieran Gibbs who is expected to leave the Emirates this summer.

Arsenal have been tipped to activate the defender’s €25m release clause and the attacking full back has now stated he is open to the idea of moving to the Emirates.

Rodriguez, 23, was a key player in a disappointing Wolfsburg side that failed to qualify for Europe this season and he has now revealed he is open to the idea of leaving the Bundesliga club.

The defender added he wasn’t worried about his future and will wait to here about serious offers from his agent.

“I don’t know where I’ll be going, everything’s still open,” he said. “It’s also not impossible to continue at Wolfsburg, even though it might be unrealistic right now.”

“There are many big clubs. The English clubs have a lot of money, Spain is a great league.”

When asked if he would love to play at club level with international teammate Granit Xhaka who just completed a move to the Emirates, he added: ” That’d be exciting, yes, especially as we’d have already solved the rooming question at Arsenal.”

Wolfsburg are resigned to losing the defender after the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Klaus Allofs said they wouldn’t keep the player against his wishes.

Allofs told kicker: “This is no news to us. That’s the agreement we struck with Ricardo. When we last talked his plan was clear. He wanted to leave us.

“A difficult season is behind us. We only need players with a clear mind. If the commitment to Wolfsburg’s not there, it’s better to part ways”

Rodriguez is rated as one of the best fullbacks in Europe and has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United in the past.

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