PSV Eindhoven have reportedly made a bid for AC Milan’s Ricardo Rodriguez, who has been a peripheral figure for I Rossoneri this term.
The Switzerland international made 69 Serie A appearances during his first two seasons at San Siro, having joined the club from Wolfsburg for a fee of €15m in 2017. He has lost his place in the starting lineup this term, with summer signing Theo Hernandez the preferred option on the left side of defence.
Though PSV bought Toni Lato and Olivier Boscagli over the off-season, manager Ernest Faber has been underwhelmed by the pair’s performances, and wants to purchase another left-back in January.
According to Eurosport (via Voetbalzone), the Eredivisie outfit are eager to bring in Rodriguez. They believe they can land him on a cut-price deal, with the defender having played just five matches for Milan this campaign.
PSV are not alone in their pursuit of the 27-year-old, however, and could face competition from Turkish club Fenerbahce.
The Istanbul side are likewise interested in taking Rodriguez away from Italy, but their hopes of signing him could be scuppered by Financial Fair Play regulations.
In recent months, it had been claimed that Everton were looking to buy him, while Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund were also thought to be weighing up a move.
Nevertheless, Eindhoven appears to be Rodriguez’s likeliest destination, as the Dutch team are the only ones who can offer him a role as a guaranteed starter.
On top of that, PSV seem to have got the ball rolling on a deal to lure him away from Milan, handing them the advantage over their rivals for his signature.
What is abundantly clear is that Rodriguez will be leaving San Siro before the start of the 2020/21 season, with both Marco Giampaolo and Stefano Pioli making it clear they favour Hernandez, making the former surplus to requirements at the club.