Leeds must turn down any approach from Juventus that would see Douglas Costa head to Elland Road, and Rodrigo move in the opposite direction.
After arriving last summer from Spanish giants Valencia, it’s fair to say Rodrigo hasn’t exactly set the world alight for Marcelo Bielsa’s side – he’s managed just three goals in 18 Premier League games in his debut campaign in English football.
Now, Italian publication CalcioMercato claim that Juventus are already planning on ways to strengthen ahead of next season, and that Costa, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, is one player they will look to move on.
The report adds that the Bianconeri have got their sights set on one of their old transfer targets in Rodrigo, and that an exchange could be on the cards between the Spaniard and Costa.
While Rodrigo hasn’t hit the ground running at Elland Road, it would be a foolish mistake from Victor Orta to even contemplate accepting a potential swap involving their summer signing.
There have been plenty of names in recent history who have taken time to adjust to English football, and given the kind of Champions League and international experience Rodrigo has had with the likes of Valencia and Spain, there is certainly a quality player there for Leeds to really see the best from eventually.
Speaking after his impressive performance against Arsenal earlier this season, former Leeds man Noel Whelan said: “He’s always looking for it, he’s never ever standing still, he’s always on the move and that’s what I like about him. He can’t be marked, he’s always looking for a space – very much the next Pablo Hernandez.
“He’s always brave and wants the ball in tight situations. We saw how dangerous he was when he came on. He is a player that looks like he can make things happen. He’s very intelligent, he brings other people into play and makes space for them.”
If Leeds were to almost give up on the £100k-per-week earning star, and cut their losses on him, it would surely have Bielsa fuming.
The Whites boss will be keen to work with Rodrigo for much longer than just one season, and Orta taking the decision to get rid after all the time the manager has spent in trying to get him attuned to his methods and Leeds’ style of play would not go down well.