Arsenal have enquired with Valencia over the availability of striker Rodrigo Moreno this summer, according to reports.
The Mirror claim Arsenal have asked Valencia about Rodrigo Moreno in preparation for a summer shake-up. There are fears either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette could leave, so the club are looking at alternatives.
Valencia are also preparing for changes this summer, and they could let Rodrigo go. He has an £110m buyout clause, but would be available for less than half of that.
Rather unconventionally for a centre-forward, Rodrigo has significantly more assists than goals this campaign. He’s up to five goals in all competitions, but 11 assists. He’s played 1,992 minutes, so that’s a goal contribution every 125 minutes.
That assist total isn’t out of the ordinary for Rodrigo, though. He provided seven in 2017/18 and 10 in 2018/19. It’s just the goal tally that dropped a bit this campaign, after he scored 15 last season and 19 the year before.
With Spain, Rodrigo has three goals in four appearances this season. All the same, £45m-50m is still a lot of money for a player with eight goals for club and country.
Perhaps Arsenal could use a striker with strong hold-up play to get the best out of the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli, as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he sticks around. For that kind of money, though, you’d want one who scores a lot as well.