According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, today is the day of the final negotiations between Barcelona and Valencia for the transfer of Rodrigo Moreno and the Catalans are moderately optimistic.
It seems that at the moment the biggest problem in this potential transfer regards the economics of the deal.
There is some confusion over the price, but it seems Barcelona sources suggest the player is valued around €50m (£42.3m), while Valencia are still talking about a figure in excess of €60m (£50.7m).
However, in order to reduce the asking price for the centre-forward, the Catalans would reportedly be ready to sacrifice one of their own youngsters, either from Barcelona B or simply include the first-team player Moussa Wague.
Mundo Deportivo note that even if that was the case, money could still pose some trouble – the Blaugrana would like a loan without a mandatory purchase while Valencia would prefer a permanent transfer – possibly even in instalments – or with the mandatory purchase clause inserted in the deal.
One way or the other, today should be the day we finally discover Rodrigo’s fate.
As things currently stand, the two clubs are not on the same wavelength and the economic side of the deal could pose a problem in the final days of the January window.
But maybe that is a blessing in disguise for the Catalans. After all, sacrificing young talents for a centre-forward who doesn’t match the profile they need simply doesn’t make sense.
Rodrigo is not a prolific goalscorer as he has only scored four goals in the ongoing campaign but is more of a creator with ten assists to his name. At Valencia, he often drops deeper or even drifts wide, but Barcelona need a body in the box and someone to make darting runs in behind the defence – not someone who will drop into a creator role.
With all that said, maybe this would be too big of a price to pay for the wrong man.