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Chelsea signing Rodrigo would surely seal Alvaro Morata’s fate

According to reports in The Sun on Sunday, via The Sun journalist Alan Nixon on his official Twitter account, Chelsea are interested in signing Valencia striker Rodrigo, rated at £36m by Transfermarkt, this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun on Sunday says that the Blues, along with Premier League rivals Arsenal, are keen to bring the Spain international to England following another impressive season for the 27-year-old in La Liga.

It wouldn’t be the first time Rodrigo had played in the English top flight if he did complete a transfer having spent an unsuccessful loan spell with Bolton Wanderers in 2010, where he scored just one goal in 20 appearances in all competitions.

His arrival at Stamford Bridge would certainly raise big question marks over the future of Alvaro Morata, who endured a difficult debut campaign in west London following his move from Real Madrid last summer, and was often criticised by his own fans on Twitter for his performances.

How did Rodrigo do during the 2017/18 campaign?

He was brilliant.

The centre-forward, who has two goals in five caps for Spain and has been named in their final 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia that starts later this month, scored 19 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Valencia, also picking up a further seven assists.

As well as being able to score any type of goal, being strong and being able to hold the ball up to bring his teammates into play, he is also relatively quick.

Would he be a good signing for Chelsea?

He certainly would be.

While is record with Bolton previously was disappointing, he has clearly grown up, matured and made massive strides in his career since then, and he would be the all-round striker that the west London outfit and their fans, who want their club to re-sign a 6ft 2in midfielder described as “better than Barkley, Bakayoko, Drinkwater combined”, have perhaps been missing since the departure of Diego Costa.

His arrival at Stamford Bridge would surely seal Morata’s fate too, with the 25-year-old only scoring 15 goals in 48 appearances and missing out on the Spain squad as a result.

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