Leeds chiefs reportedly in Valencia to negotiate Rodrigo signing

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An update regarding Leeds’ alleged pursuit of Valencia striker Rodrigo has emerged in the Spanish press on Tuesday.

Valencia standout

Rodrigo, 29, has been plying his trade with Valencia for around six years now.

After a successful loan spell with the La Liga outfit during the 2014/15 campaign, Valencia snapped the hitman up on a permanent basis for a fee believed to be around £27m.

And the Spaniard has since gone on to establish himself as an integral member of Los Che’s’ attack, garnering 220 appearances in all competitions.

Across these outings, Rodrigo, who is capable of lining out anywhere in a front-three, has scored 59 and assisted 41.

Leeds chiefs in Valencia

Rodrigo has just under two years remaining on his current Valencia contract.

However, recent reports have suggested that one club in particular are attempting to lure him back to England.

Rodrigo previously spent a season in England, on loan at Bolton in 2010/11. But his time in the Premier League didn’t exactly prove fruitful, with the attacker having managed just one goal and one assist in 17 outings.

However, Leeds, the side intent on bringing the Spaniard back to England, will be hoping for a much better return this time around.

The newly-promoted outfit’s links to Rodrigo began to emerge last week, when the highly-reliable Gianluca Di Marzio reported that he was ‘in the sights’ of Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

And now, as mentioned above, a further update concerning Leeds’ pursuit of Rodrigo has emerged from Spain on Tuesday.

According to AS, the Whites’ majority shareholder, Andrea Radrizzani, along with sporting director, Victor Orta, are currently in Valencia, ‘to close the agreement with the club’.

It is added that an agreement between the parties regarding a fee has not yet been reached, though AS suggest that a deal could be struck for around €40m.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.