€70m Bid Expected
Real Madrid could make a move for the Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno. The news comes as pressure mounts on Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign an adequate replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
There are still ten days left in the Spanish transfer window and AS newspaper claims 27-year-old Rodrigo is a prime candidate. A bid of around €70million (just under £63million) could find its way to Valencia in the coming days.
Rodrigo got on the scoresheet on Monday night as Valencia got a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid. But they are likely to resist any move for one of their star players. The side are in the Champions League for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign and are unlikely to have a replacement lined up.
Rodrigo’s release clause stands at €120million (£107.8million). He was on Real Madrid’s books as a youngster but he was sold to Benfica for €6million in 2010. He spent a year out on loan in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers in 2010-11 scoring once in 18 appearances. He returned to Benfica where he scored 45 goals in 120 games before being moving to Valencia in 2014.
Rodrigo spent his first season at the club on loan before moving permanently in 2015 for a fee of €30million. He has scored 38 goals in 136 games in all competitions in just over three seasons for Valencia.
Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui knows Rodrigo well. The two men worked together at the 2013 Uefa Under-21 championships. Lopetegui coached the triumphant Spain squad that had Rodrigo and Alvaro Morata as the two strikers.