By Danny Wright
Leeds have secured the rights of former Sevilla striker Rodri, but he won’t be playing for them any time soon, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Cadena Ser claims on their website that the 27-year-old has been a part of an interesting deal that sees him immediately head to Segunda Division side Cultural Leonesa.
It is understood that Rodri has been snapped up by Leeds following his release from Spanish second-tier side Cordoba, but will instantly go back to the same league with Cultural Leonesa due to the Whites’ link to the Aspire Academy.
Leonesa are almost completely owned by the Qatari Aspire Academy, where Ivan Bravo, who become a member of the Leeds board in April, is the director.
The details of the deal remain sketchy, but Rodri is no stranger to playing in Yorkshire, should he ever turn out for Leeds, following a loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday.
The former Spain Under-21 international scored one goal in 12 appearances for the Owls during his temporary stint away from the Barcelona B side.
He has since played for Zaragoza, Almeria, 1860 Munich and most recently Cordoba, where he scored 12 goals in 43 appearances across all competitions last season.
Following his release from Cordoba, Cadena Ser reports that Rayo Vallecano and Tenerife were also interested in snapping up the Spanish striker, who has made a habit out of finding the net in the Segunda Division in recent years.
Football Insider Verdict
It will be very interesting to see how Leeds’ link to Cultural Leonese and the Apsire Academy works out, because it could see the Whites snap up some of the most exciting talent in Spain if they manage to find the right type of player. Rodri has been in good goal scoring form for Cordoba, but at the age of 27 it might be a little too late for him to make a step up to English football in the near future. This deal seems very strange though, as the former Barcelona B man doesn’t look like he has been signed then sent out on loan, and it’s very much a business deal that sees Bravo utilise his links across Qatar, Spain and Yorkshire.