Leeds United’s return to the Premier League noticed them embark on a little bit of a spending spree below Marcelo Bielsa, and the Whites’ most high-profile signing was undeniably the seize of Valencia star Rodrigo.
Reports claimed that the Yorkshire membership shelled out a club-record sum to carry the Spain worldwide at Elland Highway, and virtually a few years later, it’s fairly protected to say issues haven’t actually labored out for the ahead – he’s managed simply 12 targets and three assists in 55 video games throughout all competitions for Leeds.
What maybe makes a transfer for Rodrigo even worse now on reflection, is that they have been truly additionally trying to signal Rafael Leao on the similar time again in 2020.
Football Insider claimed that the Portugal Leao was of curiosity to Leeds, though it was recommended that luring him away from the San Siro might show to be “difficult” as Milan nonetheless had “excessive hopes” for him.
It was added the Whites had made enquiries for the attacker, and that if Milan have been going to promote, it might be for nothing lower than the £20m they themselves have paid to signal him for French facet Lille.
Since that deal failed to come back to fruition, Leao has come on leaps and bounds in his time in Serie A.
Now valued at £60m by CIES, the 22-year-old – virtually a decade youthful than Rodrigo – has actually come to the social gathering for Milan this season, bagging 11 targets and offering one other six assists in 34 video games throughout all competitions – together with notching within the Champions League earlier this yr.
The president of Leao’s former membership, Lille, Gerard Lopez merely declared him the “Portuguese Mbappe”, whereas Sporting CP’s former youth coach, Tiago Fernandes, proclaimed: “I pushed (then-Sporting coach) Jorge Jesus to take him within the first crew and I stated to him: ‘Sure, Gelson Martins has expertise however Rafael is the perfect participant within the historical past of the Sporting Academy’. At youth degree, he was higher than Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Dubbed as an “extraordinary talent” by Croatia legend Zvonimir Boban, it’s clear lacking out on Leao might rank as one in every of Victor Orta’s largest howlers at Elland Highway, particularly when you think about how Rodrigo’s profession has turned out.
The person with 34 profession targets to his title may have been a famous person signing for the Whites up entrance.
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