AVB eyes wonderkid.
The 19-year-old is rated as one of the brightest prospects in Europe, and impressed a number of Premier League scouts during the recent Under-19 European Championships in Estonia.
Rodriguez capped a fine tournament for Spain by grabbing the winner against Greece in the final – a goal that secured his place as top scorer, with five strikes.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Benfica have all been linked with moves for the player, but Metro understands that Tottenham have jumped the queue, and lodged a £5 million bid over the weekend.
Real Madrid have since turned it down, and told Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas he will have to meet Rodriguez’s £30 million release clause to stand any chance of landing the quick-silver winger.
Villas-Boas is expected to ask for Rodriguez to be included as part of a deal for Luka Modric, but Madrid are against the idea, and want a straight money transaction.
Fast, intelligent and versatile, Rodriguez will remain in the Madrid B team next season, but coach Jose Mourinho will promote him later in the season, with many believing he is the next big talent to roll off the club’s production line.
Rodriguez is currently contracted to Madrid until 2014.
You’d have thought the relationship between Spurs and Real Madrid would be cordial given Jose Mourinho’s closeness to Andre Villas-Boas but their superiors – Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and Real president Florentino Perez – appear to have reached stalemate over Luka Modric’s transfer fee.
Could Jese Rodriguez, a relative unknown, prove the key to the clubs reaching an settlement? Clearly Real rate the 19-year-old highly but Levy proved last summer that he will happily block Modric’s departure if the terms aren’t right for Tottenham, meaning Real may be have to sacrifice Rodriguez to land the Croatian schemer.
The source suggests that Madrid want straight cash for Rodriguez, with Spurs reportedly demanding the same for Modric, but the Spanish giants have already tried to tempt Spurs to sell by including Nuri Sahin and Ricardo Carvalho in offers – both of which have been rejected.
If Spurs really are chasing Rodriguez, which seems plausible given their lack of cover for Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon on the wings, then perhaps Real finally have a suitable player to exchange.
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