Real Madrid has been told to pay the release clause of Valencia and Spain striker Rodrigo Moreno if the men in whites want to sign the Spaniard.

Ever since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid have failed to fill the void left by the star. Los Blancos have been chasing after a striker to back the current number 9 Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid has been linked with few names in the summer transfer window, but they have failed to sign any big players. Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane, and Icardi, all strikers have been linked with a move to Bernabeu, but none of this ended well for the Spanish giants.

However, Julen Lopetegui and Real Madrid have set their eyes on the Valencia striker Rodrigo. The Spaniard has played for Real Madrid B side but never made it to the first team. After a spell at Benfica, the 27-year old has been a starter for Valencia.

Rodrigo Moreno
Rodrigo Moreno

Julen Lopetegui has trained the Valencia star while the former was managing the Spain national team. Lopetegui has admired the 27-year old many times in the past and now sees him as the perfect back-up to Benzema.

Real Madrid has valued the striker around €70m but the Valencia President thinks otherwise. As reported by Daily Express, the President Anil Murthy has stated that Real Madrid needs to pay the €120m release clause in order to get the signature of the 27-year old.

Rodrigo has been a revolution for Valencia since last season. In 2017/18 La Liga season, the Spaniard found the net on 16 occasions in 36 appearances.

The defeat against Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup has stirred a lot of questions over Madrid’s transfer policy in the summer. With the failed attempt to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos could make some signings and Rodrigo is considered to be one on the list.