The agent of Arsenal target Ricardo Rodriguez has denied suggestions he has held talks with Roma, but has confirmed his client does have a release clause in his contract that has just become active.
Wolfsburg full-back Rodriguez is with the Switzerland national team ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign. According to German publication Kicker, the 23-year-old full-back can leave the Bundesliga club this summer for £19m ($27.2m). Wolfsburg have admitted they are unlikely to hold on to their player, with Rodriguez himself admitting he would relish the opportunity to follow international teammate Granit Xhaka to north London.
Speaking to TMW Radio, Rodriguez's agent Gianluca Di Domenico added his client is looking to leave the German club and will listen to offers from Italy.
"Today, Ricardo Rodriguez has a termination clause, which was not there before. You have to respect the contracts," he said.
Di Domenico added that while Rodriguez would consider an offer from an Italian club if one is to come forward, he has denied speaking to Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini about the player.
"Ricardo loves Italy so much, so surely if there was a serious proposal we would see. But we need to see if there will be. I spoke with him [Sabatini] on the phone a few times, but never about Ricardo Rodriguez."
Wolfsburg already appear resigned to losing the player. The club's sporting director, Klaus Allofs, was quoted as saying by Swiss publication Blick: "As we have recently talked it was clear; his idea is to leave us."
Having already signed Xhaka this summer, Arsenal also remain heavily linked with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia.