Leeds United striker Rodrigo’s record transfer from Valencia will cost the club less if he is relegated, claims SuperDeporte.
The Spaniard arrived in August 2020 for a fee of £27million (Air Sports) but was an inconsistent performer at Elland Road.
The Whites are currently outside the Premier League relegation zone by one point with one game to play, while rivals Everton and Burnley also play on Thursday night (May 19).
While all the financial predictions for dropping back into the Championship are far from enticing, the price the 31-year-old struggles to justify is apparently at least down.
In an article focusing on the difficulties faced by Valencia president Anil Murthy in trying to sell his former striker to Barcelona for 63 million euros, SuperDeporte said: “[Rodrigo] landed at Leeds United and one of the conditions of the transfer was related to a possible relegation of the English team.
Therefore, if they go down, it would mean: “Valencia would therefore receive less money for the final transfer.”
Minor silver lining
At least that should mean Jesse Marsch’s side will get some extra support from Spain in their fight against the drop.
Rodrigo was elevated to a senior member of the team under the new manager, as he was brought into the US board of directors.
He’s scored three key goals in crucial wins since Marcelo Bielsa’s departure, without whom United would surely already be down.
But having failed to become one of the top contributors to all games, despite the price tag, it continues to frustrate fans, and Athletic’s Phil Hay referred to him as a player he doesn’t understand.
At this point, however, everyone linked to the club would gladly agree to the registration fee remaining as it is if it means they stay in the top flight.
If the Spain international can contribute to that in the last game of the season against Brentford (May 22), some might even consider it fair overall.
In other Leeds United news, Sky Sports pair Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher predicted the Whites’ chances ahead of the final day of the season.