Valencia have introduced they’ve agreed a deal to promote striker Rodrigo Moreno to Leeds United for a reported £30million.
The Whites are set to finish their first marquee signing since sealing their long-awaited return to the Premier League, by bringing the Spain worldwide to Elland Street.
The LaLiga membership printed an announcement on Tuesday evening confirming a deal in precept has been agreed, with private phrases and a medical nonetheless to be finalised.
Rodrigo has scored 59 objectives in 220 video games for Valencia since becoming a member of from Benfica in 2014, having initially joined on mortgage.
The 29-year-old will deliver an enormous enhance to Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking choices forward of Leeds’ first season again within the English prime flight for 16 years.
“Valencia CF have reached a preliminary settlement with Leeds United FC this Tuesday for the switch of Rodrigo Moreno, on the expense of finishing all of the documentation and different formalities and passing the obligatory medical examination,” learn a membership assertion.
“Valencia CF wish to thank him for his dedication and energy over the past six seasons – wherein he has performed a complete of 220 video games, scored 59 objectives, and helped to win a cup. Valencia CF want him all the perfect on this new stage of his sports activities profession.”
The Brazilian-born ace got here by way of the ranks at Rio de Janeiro-based Flamengo, earlier than transferring to Spain to affix the youth academy at Celta Viga after which making a transfer to Actual Madrid at 18.
He made appearances in Actual’s C and B groups earlier than becoming a member of Benfica in 2010, the place he scored 45 objectives in 120 video games and gained the Portuguese title.
Throughout his profession with the Portuguese giants, he loved a mortgage spell at Bolton Wanderers however solely managed one aim for the Trotters, after which joined Valencia on mortgage earlier than finally making the extra everlasting.
Again in Spain, Rodrigo turned Valencia’s key frontman and helped fireplace the membership to the Copa del Rey in 2018/19, the place he scored the successful aim in a 2-1 victory towards Barcelona.
Valencia have already seen some key gamers depart this summer season as they battle monetary points, with Rodrigo’s former team-mate Ferran Torres having signed for Manchester City.
Leeds have turned mortgage spells for Helder Costa and Illan Meslier into everlasting offers thus far, in addition to bringing again Jack Harrison on one other season-long mortgage from the Etihad.
They’ve additionally boosted their youth crew with the captures of Joe Gelhardt, Charlie Allen and Cody Drameh.