Premier League

Leeds set to sign Rodrigo from Valencia for €30m

Marcelo Bielsa has bolstered his forward line with a swoop for the Los Che striker who previously played for Bolton in England

 
9:58am on Wednesday 26th August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Leeds will complete the signing of Rodrigo from Valencia within the next couple of days, subject to a medical, for a fee of €30m.

Since winning the Championship and achieving promotion to the Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa has prioritised the recruitment of a starting centre-forward, with Patrick Bamford set drop down the pecking order.

Leeds have already made five signings in the close season so far; Jack Harrison (loan), Joe Gelhardt, Illan Meslier, Helder Costa, Charlie Allen, and Cody Drameh.

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The exit of Rodrigo from Valencia comes due to their current financial status, as they have already led club captain Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin leave for Villarreal for a combined fee of just €15m.

Shortly after those two players were sold, Valencia fans put plans in place for a protest outside the Mestalla.

Two days later, the players still at the club were given I.O.U letters with the promise of pay next month instead of their regular salary.

Only a year ago, Rodrigo was linked with a €60m transfer for Atletico Madrid which didn't materialise in the end, while Barcelona were interested in January when Luis Suarez got injured.

Valencia confirmed his exit via their Twitter page:

"Valencia CF want to thank Rodrigo Moreno for his commitment and effort over the last six seasons - in which he helped to win a Cup title. We wish him all the best in this new stage of his career at @LUFC."

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