Rodrigo deal edges closer as Valencia identify replacement
25 Aug 2020 08:10 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 25th August, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Rodrigo's father close to approving Leeds paperwork
Spanish media outlet Super Deporte claim Leeds are still in pole position to land Spanish International forward Rodrigo, even after late interest from Real Madrid, but it comes at a cost for the West Yorkshire side. Recent newspaper articles are quoting fees between £22m - £30m would secure the services of the Brazilian born star; however according to the Valencia hierarchy, they have set the bar at €50m, hoping to reach a deal at €40m euros (£36 million pounds).
Valencia are discussing the availability of former Real Madrid's Spanish U21 forward Borja Mayoral, but would need top sell Rodrigo to make the deal happen! The La Liga giants are long time admirers of the 29yo and may want to strike a player plus cash deal. However, Leeds are already in advanced talks with Rodrigo's father regarding his sons contract. The report claims that Leeds may be able to secure a deal for the 29yo as soon as today!
Should taking the knee continue before a game?
It's three months to the day since George Floyd's life was taken away by the Minnesota Police force. The 46yo father was being detained on suspicion of using counterfeit money. Floyd was arrested handcuffed and was lying face down on the floor. It's only fair to point out that Floyd had a long and violent criminal record. Whilst being held held, one police officer knelt on Floyd's neck cutting off his breathing circulation. Floyd begged for the officer to stop, but to no avail. Eight minutes later he was dead!
Whilst I'm sure we were all horrified about events three months ago, has the cause turned into a political event? As influential as it is, should the football authorities continue to enforce all players be forced to take the knee before kick off, whether they want to or not? If they stop now, wouldn't it seem like a cheap publicity stunt? If you were a player being asked to take the knee, would you?
Scottish Sun refutes 90mins claim regarding Kent
According to The Scottish Sun, Rangers winger Ryan Kent is furious at claims that he wants to leave Ibrox for Leeds United, and he has told manager Steven Gerrard he wants to remain at the club and help stop Celtic from winning the Scottish Premiership this term. Kent never made a top-flight appearance for the Reds, and 90min claimed yesterday that he has told Rangers that he wants to move to Elland Road.