Premier League return gift: Leeds breaks its club record and signs Rodrigo

29.8.2020.  
Premier League return gift: Leeds breaks its club record and signs Rodrigo

Victor Orta, Leeds United's sporting director, is considered by many as one of the best people to have on this position. With the club's return to the Premier League after such a long time, we'll have the chance to see him in action on the big stage, with a big budget. So far, he hasn't disappointed by making the club's record incoming transfer by capturing Rodrigo from Valencia.


After six seasons at Mestalla, the first one being on loan, the Spaniard signed a four-year contract with the English side.


Paying €30,000,000 for the 29-year-old - even though there are undisclosed performance bonuses - is a major coup for The Whites. Especially considering that Atletico Madrid and Barcelona both inquired of the striker this winter but were declined even though a sum of €55,000,000 was mentioned. To be frank, the beneficial conditions Leeds managed are less to do with them than with the state at Mestalla.


With a return to PL, Rodrigo knows he can become a fan-favourite in the much-awaited season.


"For me I’m really happy and very excited to join the club, this is an important season for all of us, coming back to the Premier League. Leeds have been working for almost two weeks on this deal with Valencia and from the first time Victor talked to me, I knew I wanted this new challenge with Leeds, a historic club," said Rodrigo upon signing.


Despite Rodrigo's goalscoring record not being impressive, with just 38 goals in 172 games, he is a highly rated player, even by Marcelo Bielsa. So this is considered widely as a coup for Leeds.



Secured mostly by chairman Andrea Radrizzani who met Valencia president Anil Murthy, a personal friend, for lunch and finalised the deal. That's the fourth major departure from Mestalla this season after Ferran Torres, Francis Coquelin, and Dani Parejo, the last one being free of charge.


Valencia's is a complete mess and the fans protests don't phase the owner Peter Lim a bit. Practically all players but Jose Gaya are for sale as the Spanish side is looking to balance its books and not go bankrupt.


This transfer window saw them sign Helder Costa for €17,700,000, 20-year-old goalkeeper Illan Meslier for €6,500,000, and a teen forward Joe Gelhardt for a million. But dealing with Valencia is a nice reminder to Leeds about overstretching as they suffered from financial issues for far too long after their spending bonanza in the 2000s.



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