Rodrigo: Leeds sign Spain international from Valencia for club-record fee

Leeds have signed Spain international Rodrigo for a club-record transfer fee from Valencia on a contract that will run until the summer of 2024.

The newly-promoted Premier League club reached an initial agreement with the La Liga club on Tuesday, for a reported £30m fee, with the 29-year-old now having finalised personal terms and completed a medical.

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Rodrigo scored 59 goals in 220 games for Valencia after he joined from Benfica in 2014, initially on loan, and bolsters Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking options ahead of Leeds’ first season back in the English top flight for 16 years.

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He is the latest player to leave Valencia due to the club’s perilous financial position, following Ferran Torres, Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo’s departures already this summer.

      Rodrigo scored one goal in 17 appearances during his only other previous spell in the Premier League in 2010, when he spent a season on loan at Bolton.

      Leeds have already signed five players this summer while Jack Harrison has returned from Manchester City for a second loan spell.

      ✍️ #LUFC are delighted to announce the signing of Rodrigo from Valencia for a club record transfer fee

      Rodrigo was included in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad for their Nations League fixtures against Germany and Ukraine in the forthcoming international break next month.

      Leeds will face Liverpool at Anfield in their opening Premier League fixture of the season on September 12, live on Sky Sports.

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      However, with the Argentine’s contract running out this summer, Leeds fans are anxious to know when the 65-year-old will be putting pen to paper on a new deal.

      Not only that, but supporters of the club also want to know which players will be arriving at Elland Road for their top-flight return next season, with Leeds having recently had an improved £22m bid for Ben White rejected by Brighton.

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