Rodrigo, from almost playing at Atlético to almost playing at Barça in six months
Rodrigo Moreno It was more outside than inside Valencia both in summer and in this winter market. However, both the retail operation Atlético de Madrid in August like January to Barcelona They ended up broken. The Spanish-Brazilian has been treated as merchandise by both the owner of his club, Peter Lim, as per your agent, Jorge Mendes.
In summer the Atlético de Madrid He showed a lot of interest in the attacker. Simeone identified him as the missing piece and the operation had only one conditioner: the sale of Correa for 50 million euros. At the last minute, Milan gave up signing Argentina for that amount and Rodrigo, who had picked up his ticket office and said goodbye to his teammates, had to stay in Valencia.
Even one day before the market close its then coach, Marcellin, he could not assure that he would stay, since that was what the president and Lim executor had transmitted, Anil Murthy. In the first round he could only show his eyedropper level and had a hard time focusing on the field again. So far, only two goals in the league but two fundamental goals in Champions, in London and Amsterdam.
The Luis Suarez's injury caused the new technician, Quique Setién, had to give his opinion as to incorporate a new striker for the second half of the course. They came to the fore multitude of names no more similar to each other than the place where they usually play. The one chosen at the end, by characteristics and by availability of the selling club, it was Rodrigo Moreno.
He passed medical examination with Atlético
The property of Valencia already cataloged him months ago as transferable; not for its sporting level, but for your age (28 years old) and for large amount that would enter In case of sale. It is the ideal time to make the most of it economically. This tuesday even passed medical review in Barcelona with Dr. Cugat, although he was not officially linked to the culé club.
The problem now: Barça has the salary limit almost exhausted. The new contracts and the renovations of the sacred cows drown the finances of the club culé and cannot undertake such a high operation in January. Only a large sale could make room for Rodrigo and the 13 million that can be entered by Carles Pérez They are not enough.
For all this, Barcelona requested a transfer without compulsory purchase and Valencia refused. Compulsory purchases, even if they are set for the following season, count as of now for LaLiga as transfers. The version that comes out of the Barça club is that Lautaro Martínez is Rodrigo's priority and purchase would mortgage the operation in summer both sportingly and economically, But the reality is that has no margin to rush it.