Leeds United are set to announce the club-record signing of striker Rodrigo today after finalising the formalities of the deal.
The Premier League new boys have shattered their transfer record as well as their wage structure to provide Marcelo Bielsa with a proven international centre-forward.
Recruitment sources have told Football Insider that Leeds will pay Valencia a guaranteed £27million for Rodrigo as well performance-related add-ons.
United have also completed the paperwork on a four-year contract worth £100,000-a-week.
This blockbuster deal – equivalent to more than £5m-a-year – means Leeds are committed to paying nearly £50m for the Spain international over the next four years.
It is a huge outlay and also rockets Rodrigo to the top of the United salary charts, £60,000-a-week ahead of goalkeeper Kiko Casilla and striker Patrick Bamford.
Valencia announced on Tuesday night they have reached an agreement with Leeds for the transfer of the Spanish striker subject to the completion of a medical and paperwork formalities.
Director of football Victor Orta subsequently went public to explain how Rodrigo was set to become United’s record signing.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT: https://t.co/kwQ9Oj3GiX
Valencia CF have reached a preliminary agreement with @LUFC this Tuesday for the transfer of footballer Rodrigo Moreno, at the expense of completing all the documentation and other formalities and passing the medical examination.
— Valencia CF 🦇🍊🌊 (@valenciacf_en) August 25, 2020
Rodrigo has been capped 22 times by Spain, is a proven marksman at the highest level with eight goals for the national team as well as impressive records at elite clubs in Valencia and Benfica.
He has been an important player for Valencia for many seasons, scoring 19 goals in the 2017-2018 campaign and 15 in 2018-2019.