According to several reports, Barcelona contacted Leeds United on the transfer deadline to sign Rodrigo this summer. The Catalans offered a short-term loan deal to sign Spanish forward but it was instantly rejected by Leeds. The Premier League club didn’t want to let Rodrigo leave on loan. However, if Barcelona offered instant cash the scene could have been different.
Rodrigo joined Leeds United in the summer of 2020 as the Premier League side paid a club-record fee of £36 million. Playing for Leeds last season, the forward appeared 33 times, scoring 7 goals and 2 assist in all competitions.
However, despite Rodrigo’s not-so-good form at the upfront, Barcelona tried to sign him this summer on the transfer deadline day. The Catalan wanted to sign the Spaniard because they agreed to transfer Antoine Griezmann on the deadline day. The Frenchman returned to Atletico Madrid on initially a loan deal but can be permanent in later stages.
Following Griezmann’s departure, Barcelona lost two great forwards this summer, him and Lionel Messi. And the Catalans needed to find a cheap replacement for the Frenchman quickly as the transfer market would have closed in few hours.
And moving quickly they seemed to approach Leeds United for signing their forward Rodrigo for this season. As per the report, Barcelona wanted to sign the forward on a short-term loan as they didn’t have much money to spend. But Leeds was only ready to agree for the transfer if they were was a permanent deal on the table. As a result, Barcelona’s plan of signing Rodrigo failed, following which they signed Sevilla forward Luuk de Jong.
Barcelona signed Luuk de Jong as a second option to Rodrigo
After letting Antoine Griezmann leave for Atletico Madrid with few hours to go in the transfer market, Barcelona started their search for a replacement. And it is not for saying they wouldn’t have great options to choose from. As a result, they targeted Rodrigo of Leeds United, but the deal failed as Leeds didn’t want a loan deal for the forward.
Following this, Barcelona approached Sevilla to sign their Dutch forward Luuk de Jong. The Catalans only had to pay €1 million for the Dutchman as Sevilla were desperate to load off the out-of-form striker. Luuk de Jong made his debut for Barcelona in the Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich. The dutchman had very little to do in his first appearance, as he seemed lost in the pitch. And finally, in the 66th minute, he was substituted with Phillipe Coutinho taking his place.
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