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Barcelona President confirms Valencia’s Rodrigo talks

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​Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Valencia striker Rodrigo, guaranteeing that a new forward will join the club in the near future.

La Blaugrana have been searching for a new striker all season, but their plans have been accelerated after Luis Suárez was sidelined for four months with a knee injury.

Rodrigo quickly moved into their sights, and a deal is ​thought to be fairly close. That has since been backed up by Bartomeu, who admitted (via ​Marca) that club officials are discussing a move for Rodrigo this month.

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“We don’t talk about players from other teams. But [Rodrigo’s] name is on the table of the coaches,” he said.

“And a replacement will arrive. I do not know whether it will be from Barcelona B or from outside [the club]. I like many players.”

As confirmed by ​COPE Valencia, Rodrigo did not take part in Valencia training on Monday, suggesting talks are at an advanced stage.

The deal is thought to be worth around €60m, which could be paid immediately or as an obligation after a six-month loan, but one of the main points still being discussed is whether ​Barcelona could negotiate a discount by offering some players in exchange.

It was initially thought that Valencia had rejected the chance to sign striker Abel Ruiz or right-back Moussa Wagué, but ​Mundo Deportivo now state that they have in fact agreed to sign Wagué.

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The stumbling block is the two sides’ respective valuations of Wagué. Barcelona feel he is worth more than Valencia do, so they are negotiating a discount which Los Che are hesitant to accept.

However, Valencia are eager to sign a new right-back this month. Wagué is seen as a good addition, but Spanish journalist ​Héctor Gómez notes that former Valencia man ​Nélson Semedo could also be included.

There is a confidence that Semedo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, will be able to negotiate this deal, but it appears as though Wagué has been identified as a likely alternative

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