Leeds United transfer target Rodrigo is willing to move to Elland Road this summer, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. Valencia and Spain striker Rodrigo has emerged as a striker target for Marcelo Bielsa upon Leeds’ return to the Premier League. Earlier this month reports claimed Valencia had put every play up for sale except for left-back Jose Gaya due to financial problems.
Rodrigo, 29, scored just seven goals in 34 appearances for the La Liga side last season but has eight goals in 22 caps for Spain.
Balague claims Leeds would be able to offer the forward higher wages than he is currently on and says he would like to move to the Premier League in this window.
“I do feel at Leeds there are people taking decisions, the CEO, director of football, especially the chairman, and Bielsa as well, who think out of the box,” Balague said on his YouTube channel.
“It was brave, very brave from, I imagine, Victor Orta coming out with this idea ‘how about Rodrigo?’, as almost everybody at Valencia is for sale.
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“I’m sure that the wages that Leeds could offer would match and improve the ones from Valencia.
“Remember Rodrigo was wanted by Atletico Madrid last summer and Barcelona also have been interested in him.
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“But perhaps the surprising bit here, there hasn’t been any offer, Valencia say there’s been no contact yet, but that the player would be more than happy for this to happen.”
Balague believes the deal would make great sense for both Rodrigo and Leeds.
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He added: “It makes complete sense from a football point of view because you’re talking about a player that is used to, and happy, to be intense with and without the ball, fast, clever movements.
“For Leeds, it just makes complete sense to have that kind of player.
“Intelligent, hard-worker, desiring the success of the collective because that’s the kind of culture he belongs to.
“We’ll have to keep an eye on it because we’re still in early stages in terms of club conversations and of course Leeds will have to reach an agreement with Leeds as well. All that has not happened.
“All I’m saying is Rodrigo likes the idea of Leeds and that is fascinating in my eyes.”
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