Rodrigo to Leeds: could it happen?
VALENCIA, SPAIN - JULY 01: Rodrigo Moreno of Valencia CF reacts during the Liga match between Valencia CF and Athletic Club at Estadio Mestalla on July 01, 2020 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Silvestre Szpylma/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Since Leeds United's promotion back to the Premier League, the rumour mill has been churning out all sorts of stories about big names being linked with a move to West Yorkshire.

Until now, the likelihood of any of them signing on the dotted line has been slim. Sky Italy journalist, Gianluca Di Marzio (who is also a friend of Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani) got the ball rolling on Rodrigo Moreno being a perfect fit for Marcelo Bielsa's side.

Who is Rodrigo?

To those who haven't kept an eye on Spanish football, Rodrigo may be a name that has flown under the radar. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rodrigo is an established Spanish international striker.

He has received 22 caps for his country since his debut in 2014 and has scored eight goals in that period.

The 29-year-old offers plenty of experience going forward and has even had a brief stint in English football before. Though he came through the academy of Celta Vigo and Real Madrid, Rodrigo went out on loan to Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers in 2010.

Following that loan, he moved to Valencia CF for £27m in 2015, and has gone on to lead the line and be involved in 100 goals in 220 appearances.

Rodrigo has become known for his pace and physicality in attack, but not only can he get in behind opposition defences, he can also link the play up with his fellow forwards - making him an ideal mould for Bielsa.

Why now?

Last season Rodrigo scored seven goals and managed to create a further 11 for his teammates - including two goals in the Champions League.

However, it has come to light that Valencia are hard up for cash in the current climate, therefore making Rodrigo available to poach.

According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, the forward himself is also interested in the move.

 

 

Although in desperate need for money, Leeds would have to break their transfer record by some way to get the deal over the line. It is understood that Valencia would be looking for a fee of around £30m for the 29-year-old.

How would Rodrigo fit?

Leeds' problem in recruiting forwards in the past two years has been the ability to find someone who can fulfil Patrick Bamford's role to Bielsa's standards.

However, in creating 11 goals in the last campaign, and being known for driving at defences, Rodrigo certainly fits the bill on paper.

Despite only scoring seven in 34 games last season, the Spaniard has proven he can perform on the biggest of stages - both at club level and internationally.

At a lucrative £30m he would no doubt be a risk, but certainly a risk worth taking, showing the Whites' intent on their return to the topflight.

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