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Could Fernando Llorente be Tottenham Hotspur’s secret weapon in Rodrigo pursuit?

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Could Fernando Llorente be Tottenham Hotspur’s secret weapon in Rodrigo pursuit?

Could Tottenham use the Spaniard as a sweetener in deal for Valencia forward?

Reports today have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion are all keeping tabs on Valencia striker Rodrigo.

Calciomercato claim Rodrigo is wanted by all three clubs who are looking to bolster their attacking options.

Tottenham have long been trying to add the perfect back-up to Harry Kane to their ranks. Both Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have not quite lived up to the billing.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 08: Rodrigo Moreno (R) of Valencia CF competes for the ball with Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona during the Copa de Rey semi-final second leg match between Valencia and Barcelona on February 8, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Rodrigo, who had a spell on loan at Bolton Wanderers earlier in his career, could be the man to fill the role. The report discloses his massive €120 million (£105.4 million) release clause, but that offers in the region of €40 million (£35 million) are expected.

For Spurs the Spaniard would be a brilliant signing. Rodrigo has scored 16 goals in 35 games this season and would be a welcome addition. But at the price being mentioned, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to sign off on any deal.

Rodrigo is nowhere near prolific enough for Spurs, a traditionally careful club financially, to make a move of that magnitude.

But could they have another bargaining chip to help sweeten the deal, and take a chunk off the asking price?

If Rodrigo was to arrive at Spurs they would have little use for his countryman Llorente. The 33-year-old would therefore be surplus to requirements, but would surely be of interest to Valencia.

ENFIELD, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: Fernando Llorente in action during a Tottenham Hotspur training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Juventus at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on March 6, 2018 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Spaniard has an excellent record of scoring in the Spanish top-flight. Whilst not likely to take a massive amount off of any potential transfer, Spurs could easily persuade Valencia to shave off £10 million should they accept Llorente as part of any Rodrigo deal.

If Tottenham are going to make a move for the talented Valencia striker this summer, having Llorente in the squad could prove a massive bargaining tool in negotiations.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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