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Leeds United can axe Rodrigo by signing Vedat Muriqi

Over the past couple of years since Leeds United made their way back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence when they won promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2019/20 season, the Yorkshire club have shown that they are capable of splashing the cash when it comes to signing new players.

One player that the club paid a substantial amount of money for is Rodrigo, who joined Marcelo Bielsa’s side from Spanish club Valencia in a deal worth a reported fee of £26m, making him the Yorkshire club’s record signing.

Since arriving at Elland Road, the Spaniard has not had the best of times in terms of scoring goals and registering assists on a regular basis with just nine goals and two assists in 45 appearances across all competitions, as well as having a spotty injury record that has disrupted his playing time.

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Rodrigo’s time at Leeds has been the subject of criticism from Kevin Phillips who has described it as “disappointing,” suggesting that the club may have made a mistake in spending so much money on bringing the 30-year-old to Elland Road.

Taking this into account, it could be argued that Rodrigo has not been able to repay the significant amount of money that the club shelled out for him.

With all of that in mind and the fact that the club has recently been linked with a move for Lazio attacker Vedat Muriqi, who is reportedly close to leaving the Italian club this month, this could potentially lead to Rodrigo leaving the club to make way for Muriqi.

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The 27-year-old, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £52k-per-week according to Salary Sport, has a total of 83 goals in 296 club appearances throughout his career, highlighting the experience he has and the ability he has at finding the back of the net, which could be crucial for Leeds throughout the remainder of the season with Patrick Bamford struggling with injuries.

With a week left until the January transfer window closes, if Lazio’s €17.5m (£15m) signing is close to leaving Rome, this could be a situation that Leeds and Victor Orta can pounce on to bring the attacker to Elland Road.

Hailed as a “dominant” figure by Smarter Scout, Muriqi could help bring an extra bit of firepower to the team and potentially push Rodrigo out as well.

In other news: Huge blow: Phil Hay relays another worrying Leeds injury update, fans surely fuming – opinion

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