When, and not if Switzerland international left back leaves Bundesliga side, Wolfsburg, who should replace him? That question is surely giving the club’s management some sort of headache as the exit of the 23-year-old gets nearer by the seconds. As it is the norm with players of his calibre, moving up the career ladder is pertinent given his display of brilliance and top-notch consistent performances in recent seasons, which has been coupled with a 5-star outing at the European Championships. Arsenal are constantly being linked with a swoop for the Swiss, while the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and the Manchester clubs are also said to be interested in luring him away from Germany. So, given the pocket of the always-selling German side, these are quality, but not too-expensive options they can look to in their bid to find a worthy substitute for the soon-to-depart explosive full-back.
The Brazilian is not necessarily a long-term replacement but with a lot of experience under his belt, he sure can offer Wolfsburg a lot for the next 2 or even 3 seasons. His attacking abilities also make him a standout option, and given his eagerness to quit Barcelona in order to get more playing time before drawing the curtain on his European career, landing him for cheap won’t be that hard. The 31-year-old ability to excel on both flanks is another plus. Adriano can also play in a defensive midfield roles and has a keen eye for goal once presented with the opportunity.
Azzurri and A.C Milan full back was a regular threat to the opposition in France, and he also did well quelling attacking threats from the other end. At 23 years of age, he can serve Wolfsburg needs for now and the future, and his ability to play in different roles makes him a multi-choice player. After dazzling in the Conte-led team in France, Sciglio sure attracted suitors to himself, and it won’t be the easiest of feats securing his signature. But he definitely is a player-for-player replacement if the German club can come out tops in the battle for his services.
Given the current dearth of quality left backs in the market, the 29-year-old Croat is one that can be considered. Despite being a part of the Napoli side that ended up as runners up in the Serie A last term, his lack of regular first team action will likely see him consider offers, and Wolfsburg aren’t a side not to consider for the ageing defender. He brought his quality to fore in France as he helped keep it tight at the back during his country’s run to the round of 16. For his experience and calmness on the ball, Strinic is an option worth considering.
A lack of European football for the 8th-placed Wolfsburg will be their bane of landing some quality players, and convincing a player like Bernat will be tasking. But snatching him from Bayern will be a great plus no doubt. Being down the pecking orders at the Allianz Arena might make the 23-year-old consider his future and opt for a summer switch. The former Valencia defender is a great choice to fill Rodriguez’s shoes given his defensive and attacking qualities. Having seen his career undergo little growth, a move to a side where a starting berth awaits will definitely interest him and Wolfsburg can do him good by coming to his rescue.