Leeds United battling Real Madrid for Valencia’s Rodrigo after price drop
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Leeds United are on the verge of signing Spain striker Rodrigo, who has verbally agreed a three-year deal.
The experienced Valencia star, who had seven goals and 11 assists in 34 games last season, is Marcelo Bielsa’s first choice target.
And Leeds representatives flew to Spain on Tuesday to do the deal, with Valencia willing sellers.
Valencia rejected an initial offer of around £27m including add-ons for the 29-year-old, who has 22 caps for his country.
But sources close to the talks believe the deal will get done for around £31m if add-ons can be agreed taking the full potential fee to £36m.
Rodrigo trained alone on Tuesday and is interested in a move to the Premier League. But it is understood he has interest from other clubs, who could still make a move.
Atletico Madrid came close to signing him last summer in a deal worth over £50m but the transfer collapsed at the last minute.
Rodrigo, who has Champions League experience and spent time on loan at Bolton in 2010, was also once on Everton’s wanted list but is no longer on their radar.
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Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear announced after their promotion to the Premier League that the club will be active in the transfer market, and that he dreams of a Champions League return.
He told Sky Sports: "Leeds United shouldn't be a Championship side, they should be a Premier League side, so really the challenge starts now and it's about competing in the PL.
"Now it's going to be really about building on that and making sure that over the next few years we start to compete at the level Leeds should be competing in, which ultimately is the top six, and that's always been our aim.
"Leeds should have a Premier League team. Candidly, Leeds should have a Champions League team and that's the vision."
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Before adding when asked about the transfer market: ”We know we need to strengthen.
"Targets have been identified. We're working on them already, we're working on them now – today it's started in earnest.
“And (we know) that recruitment is going to be the biggest challenge because the window is so short.
"If you look at our business model, the size of our fanbase means that we can generate commercial revenues in the top third of the Premier League teams.”
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