Valencia have confirmed in a post on their social media channels that they have agreed the sale of striker Rodrigo Moreno to Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men appear to have acted quickly after news broke on Tuesday morning that they were in negotiations for the 29-year-old.
The Whites have identified attack as an area of priority in this summer’s transfer window. Bielsa wants support up top for Patrick Bamford after Jean-Kevin Augustin’s failed loan move.
After chairman Andrea Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta flew to Spain on Tuesday, it was revealed that a deal worth an initial €30m has been struck.
Leeds themselves are yet to offer any confirmation over the prospective club record deal. However, Valencia revealed late Tuesday evening that an agreement had been reached over his sale.
In the post, they wrote: “Valencia CF have reached a preliminary agreement with Leeds United this Tuesday for the transfer of footballer Rodrigo Moreno. This is at the expense of completing all the documentation and other formalities and passing the medical.
“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 Leeds United.
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. pic.twitter.com/1tpTEJEhRJ
— Valencia CF 🦇🍊🌊 (@valenciacf_en) August 25, 2020
The experienced attacker, who has previously been linked with Barcelona, has scored 35 goals in 145 LaLiga matches for Valencia.
Rodrigo also has an impressive record at international level, notching eight times in 22 games for Spain.
The deal will represent a huge coup for Bielsa’s side. It shatters the £18m they paid for Rio Ferdinand back in 2000.
Rodrigo agrees record Leeds wages
As well as costing Leeds an initial £27m, the player will also shatter Leeds’ wages structure with the move.
As per Football Insider, the striker will collect an estimated £100,000 per week over the terms of his deal. That is some £60,000 more than their highest earner.
The 29-year-old is also believed to have agreed an initial three-year deal at Elland Road.
The news will delight Bielsa, who wanted a centre forward signed capable of cutting it against the Premier League’s top defenders.
Patrick Bamford scored 16 times last season, but was guilty of missing several gilt-edged chances.
The signing of Rodrigo will give a major new focal point in their attack. It will also serve notice to the rest of the Premier League that Leeds are back.