Leeds United broke their transfer record to pay £26m for Rodrigo from Valencia in their attempts to secure the goalscoring striker they have long lacked. Where Marcelo Bielsa’s team had previously largely relied on Patrick Bamford, they have recruited a Spain international who, following time spent with Bolton Wanderers in 2010/11, already has experience of the Premier League.
Until Rodrigo’s arrival, Rio Ferdinand, who cost £18m from West Ham in 2000, had remained their record signing. Ferdinand left for Manchester United in 2002, little over a year after Leeds’ modern high of reaching the Champions League semi finals, where they lost to none other than Valencia. Speaking in Spain shortly before his arrival in England, Rodrigo said: “I have already asked for videos of Bielsa’s training sessions, of his way of working. I am very curious to know what he is like, I have asked colleagues who have had him and I am excited to work with him.”