Chelsea could move for former Bolton loanee if Rooney deal fails - report

Reports in Portugal claim Chelsea are keen on signing Spanish striker Rodrigo.

Having seemingly given up on signing Wayne Rooney this summer, it seemed – at least if the press were to be believed – that Samuel Eto’o would be the most likely striker to arrive at Stamford Bridge before 2 September.

And yet reports from Portugal claim Chelsea have contacted Benfica to discuss the possible move of Spanish Under-21 forward Rodrigo.

The 22-year-old was linked with a £16million switch to the Blues back in October, only for then-manager Roberto Di Matteo to depart before the transfer window reopened.

But now Portuguese newspaper A Bola claims Jose Mourinho is considering adding Rodrigo to his strike-force.

The player has an interesting history. The cousin of Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, Rodrigo was born in Brazil before moving to Spain as a teenager.

He was once on the books of Real Madrid, playing for their C and B teams before moving to Benfica in 2010.

English fans may recognise him for his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers where he failed to impress.

But the following season proved to be his breakthrough, as he scored 10 goals for Benfica and three in four games for Spain in the Under-20 World Cup.

Last season he scored eight more goals for the Eagles, and featured in both the Olympics and his country’s successful European Under-21 Championship campaign.

In March he became Spain’s record goal-scorer at Under-21 level.

A Bola’s report also claims Rodrigo was upset with Mourinho for discarding him almost as soon as he arrived at the Bernabeu. But three years later, he has blossomed into a considerably better player, and having impressed during Spain’s most recent summer tournament, he may soon be playing under the Portuguese.

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