Leeds close in on Rodrigo as Valencia exodus continues

Leeds are closing in on the signing of Spain international Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia, as the exodus at the Spanish side continues.

The newly-promoted side have moved to bolster their attacking options ahead of a long-awaited return to the Premier League, agreeing a club-record fee for the 29-year-old which will eclipse the previous landmark paid to West Ham for Rio Ferdinand two decades ago.

The Brazilian-born forward previously spent a loan spell at Bolton as a teenager before flourishing during spells at Benfica and Valencia, the star having scored eight goals in 22 appearances for the Spanish national side.

Valencia confirmed the agreement with Leeds via their social media, thanking Rodrigo for his contribution to the club throughout his six-year spell at the Mestalla.

A statement on Los Murcielagos‘ twitter said: “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 want to thank Rodrigo Moreno for his commitment and effort over the last six seasons – in which he helped to win a Cup title. We wish him all the best in this new stage of his career at @LUFC.”

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo are reporting that the player has now passed his medical at a medical centre in Valencia, with the La Liga side hoping to receive ‘around €40 million’, though the Guardian say the figure is closer to the £30m mark.

Rodrigo’s departure comes amid a fire sale of Valencia’s best talent as the club desperately bid to cut costs, the forward set to become the second player to head to English football after youngster Ferran Torres completed a £23m move to Manchester City.

Midfield duo Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo have joined La Liga rivals Villarreal for a combined price of just £11.5m, with more expected to follow in a mass clear-out of first-team players as they bid to vastly reduce their wage bill.

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