Rodrigo to Leeds: Striker agrees terms of extraordinary contract - Sources
Rodrigo has agreed the terms of an extraordinary contract with Leeds United that completely shatters their wage structure and will put him £60,000-a-week ahead of his new teammates, Football Insider understands.
Valencia announced last night they have reached an agreement with the Yorkshire giants for the transfer of the Spanish striker subject to the completion of a medical and paperwork formalities.
Recruitment sources have told Football Insider that Leeds will pay Valencia a guaranteed £27million for Rodrigo in what is a club-record deal as well performance-related add-ons.
Additionally, sources explained that United will hand the forward a blockbuster contract worth £100,000-a-week in a deal that is way beyond that of any of the Elland Road squad.
The top earners are currently goalkeeper Kiko Casilla and striker Patrick Bamford, who are both on around £40,000-a-week.
The cost of the deal for Rodrigo, 29, will raise eyebrows given he only scored seven goals last season and missed the final weeks of the campaign with a knee injury.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Nevertheless, it is regarded as a coup by Leeds director of football Victor Orta and owner Andrea Radrizzani who visited Valencia yesterday to finalise the deal.
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.
Marcelo Bielsa has made it clear to the United hierarchy he wants a new orthodox forward capable of cutting open Premier League defences next season.
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
Rodgrio 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.