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- Updated: August 21, 2018
Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has reportedly demanded that the club should acquire another striker this summer to boost his options in attack.
One of the targets that has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu recently is Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno.
However, the chances of a move to Real Madrid now appear unlikely as Valencia president Anil Murthy has revealed that the Spain striker will not be sold below his release clause of €120m.
Rodrigo has reportedly been in high demand this summer. He has also reportedly attracted interest from Real Madrid as their chances of signing a consistent forward continue to wane due to the close of the transfer window in some of the major leagues.
It can be recalled that Bayern Munich recently refused to discuss on Robert Lewandoski’s future. The Polish striker is another option that had been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer.
Meanwhile, Rodrigo has been decent at Valencia and scored 16 goals in 31 La Liga starts at the Mestalla last season. He also featured for Spain in the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.
In a chat with Tribuna Deportivo as cited by ESPN FC, Murthy said:
“Everyone is aware that (Real Madrid Coach Julen) Lopetegui knows Rodrigo but what happens at Madrid, we do not know,”
He added that Rodrigo is a very vital player for Valencia who has a high value with a release clause at €120m, and also wants to continue playing for Valencia.
Murthy stated that the striker’s release clause was placed after a proper analysis of the current transfer market and is subject to changes in line with trends in the market.
Rodrigo started his career at the Bernabeu and also had a spell at Bolton Wanderers. He was the second highest Spanish scorer in the La Liga last season, behind Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas.