Premier League 2020-21 : Leeds sign Rodrigo from Valencia for Premier League comeback season

Leeds United have signed Spain forward Rodrigo from Valencia for a club record $34.7Mn fee.

Rodrigo, 29, has signed a four-year contract with Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who are back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

He scored 59 goals in 220 games for Valencia, helping the La Liga club win the Copa del Rey in 2018-19.

Leeds’ previous record transfer was former England captain Rio Ferdinand, who cost £18m from West Ham in 2000.

Rodrigo had a spell in England with Bolton Wanderers in 2010-11 and initially joined Valencia on loan from Portuguese side Benfica in 2014.

Born in Brazil, he made his Spain debut in 2014 and has scored eight goals in 22 international appearances.

With heavy heart he informed Valencia supporters, “After six seasons, it’s time to separate our pathway. It’s been a very tough decision but I believe it’s time to take on a new challenge.”

The Spanish club confirmed a deal had been agreed on Tuesday, posting on social media.

“Valencia want to thank Rodrigo Moreno for his commitment and effort over the past six seasons.

“We wish him all the best in this new stage of his career at Leeds United.”

Leeds won the Championship by 10 points last season to secure their return to the top flight for the first time since 2004.