Barcelona reportedly saw one final cut-date move for Leeds United frontman Rodrigo, who was rejected by the West Yorkshire side.
The LaLiga team, which is in financial distress after the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, apparently took a step for the 30-year-old last month.
Their need was great as Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi were gone and Sergio Agüero suffered a serious injury.
It wasn’t the only striker Barca courted as they desperately sought a bridge, however. Eventually, they loaned 31-year-old Luuk De Jong from Seville, but not before trying to land Rodrigo.
According to The Athletic, Barca identified the Leeds £ 26m striker as a target but the source called their approach to the window a ‘scattergun’ and Leeds declined the request.
Phil Hay reports that “there were still hours before the deadline when Leeds United received contact from Spain”.
Barca wanted a loan deal, a striker to step in while Aguero recovers from a calf injury.
Leeds were understandably unwilling to let go of a player they had signed for sizeable money just 12 months earlier. They would also not be able to arrange a replacement, according to the nature of the delay in the investigation.
According to the report, Marcelo Bielsa was committed to keep him and the player said he was ready for the Premier League season two.
The former Valencia man scored seven goals in 26 Premier League games last season. He has played three Premier League games this season but has yet to make a name for himself, but he is noticed across Europe.
Elsewhere, Noa Lang’s agent insists the player is still open to a possible move from Club Brugges after explaining why the Leeds United-related winger missed a summer move.
Bielsa’s team was strongly linked to a move from the Dutchman in the summer. He has been successful since moving to Belgium after being loaned from Ajax last season.
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Not a Noa Lang deal
He scored 14 goals and weighed eight assists in just 24 league games. As such, Brugge held the original “€ 6 million purchase commitment” is now considered a real bargain.
Now his agent has claimed that the Leeds target was close to the end of the summer window. However, he did not indicate which side was close to a deal.
“Towards the end there was specific interest from several competitions. As much as he loves being at Club Brugge, you noticed that he was getting more restless, which makes sense, ”Bart Baving told Het Laatste Nieuws [via Sport Witness].
Bruges reportedly asked for up to € 30million for the winger.
However, Baving claims they would have to lower those claims if he were to secure a move.
“You saw that clubs were economical. We have also heard amounts over € 25 million for Teun Koopmeiners. In the end, he went to Atalanta for 14 million euros, ”he explained.
“With the amount Club Brugge had in mind for Noa, it had become difficult anyway. In addition, Noa did not want to exchange this club for any team.
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