Leeds United have agreed to fork out a massive £48million in transfer fee and wages to sign Rodrigo in a club-record deal, Football Insider can reveal.
United are putting the finishing touches today to the marquee capture of the striker after agreeing a deal announced last night by Valencia.
Recruitment sources have told Football Insider that Rodrigo was undergoing a medical in Spain this morning before heading over to England to pen a four-year contract.
United owner Andrea Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta finalised negotiations yesterday after jetting out to Spain to seal a transfer that will cost £27million plus add-ons.
Radrizzani has given the green light for Rodrigo to be handed a £100,000-a-week contract that shatters the club’s pay structure and immediately rockets him into the category of top earner.
Even without the add-ons, the deal is worth £48m in fee and wages and puts into shade all other signings in the club’s history.
It is a massive statement from intent from Radrizzani, who has been accused of being too cautious in the transfer market during his three-year reign.
Leeds have moved quickly to land an elite striker capable of spearheading their attack in the Premier League.
They ended their title-winning Championship campaign last month with Patrick Bamford as the only senior orthodox front man after Jean-Kevin Augustin’s loan spell ended early due to injury.
Rodrigo will bring experience, pedigree and the ability to score and create goals at the highest level.
He has been an important player for Valencia for many seasons, scoring 19 goals in the 2017-2018 campaign and 15 in 2018-2019.
His assists record is also impressive with 28 in all competitions over the last three years, including 11 last season.