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Leeds close to acquiring Rodrigo del Valencia


FILE – In this June 18, 2020 photo, Rodrigo Moreno celebrates Valencia’s first goal in a Spanish League game against Real Madrid in Madrid.


Leeds are very close to closing their first major signing for their return to the English Premier League, after 16 years, by reaching a deal for Spanish striker Rodrigo.

According to the Spanish club, Rodrigo’s transfer is “at the expense of completing all the documentation and other formalities and passing the mandatory medical examination.”

Born in Brazil, the 29-year-old attacker has scored eight goals in 22 games for the Spanish national team. He has scored 59 goals in 220 games for Valencia since arriving from Portuguese Benfica in 2014, initially on loan.

He also had a brief stint in English football with Bolton, during the 2010-11 season.

Valencia thanked Rodrigo for his “effort and commitment” throughout his six-year cycle with the team, with which he won a Copa del Rey.

“To wish him all the best in this new stage of his sporting career at Leeds,” he added.

After being left out of the European cups and forced by financial problems, Valencia had already shed players. For example, winger Ferran Torres signed with Manchester City.

Led by Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds made permanent the loan agreements they had with Portuguese winger Helder Costa and French goalkeeper Illan Meslier. He also extended the loan of the City-owned Jack Harrison midfielder.