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Barcelona Eyeing A Move For This €100m Rated Spanish Attacker: What Should Valverde Do Here?

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

According to Marca, Barcelona have identified Rodrigo Moreno as one of their top targets as they aim to add more options to their attacking department. Cristian Stuani is also believed to be a target for the Catalans. But, Rodrigo is the likelier option given his age and the fact that he also plays for the Spanish national team. But, the Valencia forward could cost around €100 million – as stated by the report.

Rodrigo’s success in La Liga

Rodrigo has been one of the most consistent attackers in La Liga for the past couple of years now. The Spaniard enjoyed a productive campaign last season, scoring 16 goals in 36 matches. And though he wasn’t as prolific this time around, Rodrigo was still involved in 14 goals.

His service in front of goal helped Valencia pip Getafe and Sevilla for the fourth position in the league table. Rodrigo ended the campaign as the club’s second most productive player, just behind midfielder Dani Parejo. He also scored the winner in the Copa Del Rey final against none other than Barcelona.

What can Rodrigo bring to the table

Rodrigo is a modern number nine, who can provide much more than just goals. The Spaniard, though a centre forward by trade, often tends to drop deep and collects the ball from midfield before initiating an attack.

He always looks to take on defenders while his composure on the ball allows him to keep hold of the ball even under tight pressure. In addition, he can shift into a wider role seamlessly during a match and whip in crosses into the box – making him a well-rounded attacker.

Much like Sergio Aguero, the Valencia forward is also adept in making intelligent runs in behind the box or to use his movements in order to create additional spaces for his teammates.

Should Barcelona make a move for Moreno?

Barcelona have always lacked a reliable back-up for Luis Suarez following the departure of Paco Alcacer. Moreno, in that regard, is an excellent alternative. The Spaniard can provide cover for the Uruguayan international. But, he can also add more competition in the number nine role.

At the same time, however, Valencia’s reported valuation of €100 million might be a little too expensive for a player, who has already turned 28 this year. Although his experience in the Spanish top flight could be useful, it would perhaps be wiser for Barcelona to shift their attention towards a more cheaper and younger alternative for Suarez this summer.

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