Óscar Rodríguez: Lazio Interested in Real Madrid Starlet
According to what has been reported by Spanish newspaper El Transistor, Lazio are one of ten clubs interested in Real Madrid starlet Óscar Rodríguez. The 21-year-old midfielder has spent the last two seasons on loan with La Liga outfit Leganes and Los Pepineros join the Biancocelesti in the clubs seeking a permanent deal for the Spaniard.
The reports suggest that Real Madrid are looking to cash in on the midfielder’s strong season, with initial valuations reported to be around €11 million but the potential for this to rise if La Liga resumes and Rodríguez has an impressive climax to the season.
Óscar Rodríguez has reportedly caught the eye of Igli Tare, who has been impressed by the Spaniard’s talents and sees him as a potential ‘one-for-the-future’, whilst also being able to play a part in the squad immediately, potentially as a substitute for either Luis Alberto or Joaquin Correa.
If Lazio can agree on a fee of around €11 million, this deal has an element of likelihood to it. However, if Real Madrid begins to ask for a larger fee, the Biancocelesti may well be put off, with the determination to make clever investments ahead of a return to the UEFA Champions League.
Rodríguez is an attacking midfielder by trade but is also adept at sitting slightly deeper as a central midfielder or playing out on the left-wing. The youngster has seven goals and two assists in 26 La Liga appearances so far this season and has a contract expiring with Los Blancos in 2023, meaning the Spanish giants are in no dire rush to sell the starlet unless of course, they wish to free up their funds to sign players in the summer market.
Additionally, Rodríguez has four appearances for Spain at U21 level, scoring one goal, and has already been tipped to break into the Spanish first team in the future.