We reported here last night that Arsenal are moving for Spain international forward Rodrigo as they hope to bolster their attacking threat ahead of next season.
However, rumor over the Spaniard’s future claims that Chelsea are ready to beat the Gunners to Rodrigo’s signature when the summer transfer market.
According to British media outlet The Sun, Chelsea are hoping to bring Rodrigo to Stamford Bridge so as to serve as Alvaro Morata’s replacement before they partway way with the former Real Madrid man.
After an unsuccessful spell at Bolton Wanderers in 2010, where he scored just a goal in 20 matches, Rodrigo has rejuvenated his career since his return to his homeland.
The 27-year-old striker is being tracked by Arsenal but the Gunners could just miss on the player, considering how fast the Blues are set to enter negotiations with his representative ahead of the next transfer period.
The Sun also suggests that Chelsea might need to cough-out £36m in the summer if they must ensure they end up with his signature.
Having played 44 matches with Valencia in the just concluded season, Rodrigo was able to find the target in 19 occasions.
His impressive showings with the La Liga side were rewarded with a call-up to Spain’s World Cup squad ahead of Alvaro Morata, who flopped in his first season at Camp Nou.