Real Madrid Keeping A Close Eye On This Spanish Forward: Should Zidane Get Him On Board?

Real Madrid keeping a close eye on Rodrigo Moreno who is in action in the photo
Valencia's Brazilian-born Spanish forward Rodrigo Moreno celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish League football match between Valencia and Atletico Madrid at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia on August 20, 2018. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)

In a recent report, Defensa Central has mentioned that Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno this summer. This report follows Marca‘s claim last week as the news outlet revealed that the Spanish side would be willing to part ways with their prized asset for just £22m with Leeds United also expected to rival Los Blancos in pursuit of the player.

Rodrigo’s Growing Influence At The Mestalla Stadium

The 29-year-old had another solid campaign as the focal point of the Valencia attack after he produced a series of productive displays for them across various competitions. He banged in seven goals and set-up 11 goals in 34 matches for the La Liga outfit in the previous campaign.

Rodrigo has proven his worth as a skilled striker in the Spanish top-flight as he averaged 1.5 shots, 1.0 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in the 2019-20 campaign. He upped his game in Europe after averaging 3.7 shots, 1.5 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in the UEFA Champions League (stats via whoscored).

The 22-capped Spanish international has a wealth of experience in Spain and Portugal, so he won’t have any trouble adjusting to life at the Spanish capital if Zinedine Zidane decides to add him to his squad in this off-season.

Real Madrid keeping a close eye on Rodrigo Moreno who is seen in the picture
Rodrigo Moreno of Valencia CF runs with the ball during the Copa del Semi Final match between Real Betis and Valencia at Estadio Benito Villamarin on February 07, 2019, in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

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Rodrigo possesses electric pace that allows him to cause all sorts of problems for the opposition by getting in behind their backline. He is a composed dribbler and has got the eye to pick out a killer pass in the attacking third. The Brazil-born talent has proven himself to be a decent finisher inside the opponent’s penalty area and can even net his fair share of goals via headers.

Should Los Blancos Get Rodrigo On Board This Summer?

Rodrigo is a prolific forward who has had a decent career in Spanish football. However, a summer switch to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium could be his big opportunity to earn some major trophies in the coming seasons. At 29, the Spaniard is currently playing some of the best football of his career, so he is more than capable of serving as an ideal back-up to Karim Benzema in Zidane’s match-day squad.

Rodrigo will add plenty of goals and creativity to Madrid’s frontline and could potentially help them consolidate their spot at the top of La Liga. Furthermore, he could form a devastating attacking partnership with Benzema if Zidane decides to play with two strikers up top.

With all things considered, it makes a lot of sense for Los Blancos to get the Valencia star on board before the transfer window comes to a close later this year. His goals and assists will help the Madrid giants challenge across all competitions in the years to come.

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