Leeds United are on the cusp of signing Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia and reports in Spain have now suggested just how the club have managed to secure such an eye-catching deal.
As reported by the Yorkshire Post the Whites are closing in on a £27 million deal, which will rise with add-ons, to make the Spanish international their club-record signing.
Rodrigo has undergone a medical and a deal should be done soon for a player director of football Victor Orta labelled ‘world-class’ in conversation with El Desmarque.
Orta also stated that negotiations were fairly straightforward, but a report in Spain has highlighted how Rodrigo was not sure about the move at first.
El Pais is reporting that Rodrigo was, at first, reluctant to join a team that had only recently been promoted to the top-flight.
However, the report claims that the visit of both Orta and Andrea Radrizzani to Valencia helped convince Rodrigo of the project at Leeds. The report also claims that Rodrigo spoke to Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa over the phone, which also informed his ultimate decision.
Leeds fans may have to wait a while before the player arrives in West Yorkshire. It is reported by the same publication that the 29-year-old is due to meet up with the Spain squad for Nations League games against Germany and Ukraine on Monday. His medical has been conducted in Spain and the striker will meet his new team-mates after the international break and, it is likely, after a period of quarantine.
Of course, there is no surprise that Rodrigo would have had some doubts but this case again showcases the power of negotiation Leeds currently have, and the weight of a phone call from a coach with Bielsa’s pedigree.
Leeds fans will just hope the Spaniard repays the faith shown in him when he finally gets to Elland Road.