Chelsea losing race to sign Luciano Rodriguez

Chelsea will fail to secure the services of Luciano Rodriguez, with the City Football Group winning the race to sign the 20-year-old prodigy.

According to a report by Graeme Bailey on HITC, Luciano Rodriguez has been the subject of interest from Chelsea. However, the Blues have lost the race to sign the 20-year-old Liverpool FC Montevideo wonderkid in the summer transfer window, with City Football Group clinching a deal worth €12 million and assigning the South American prodigy to Girona.

Who is Luciano Rodriguez?

Luciano Rodriguez is one of the brightest young prospects in South America. A native of Montevideo, the youngster turned out for CA Bella Vista and CA Progreso before joining Liverpool FC Montevideo in January 2023. Since then, he has come leaps and bounds, making his mark at his hometown club.

The 20-year-old has started the 2024 season well, scoring seven goals in 19 appearances across all competitions. Meanwhile, Rodriguez’s progress has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs across Europe.

A man in demand

Recent reports have linked the South American prodigy with Real Madrid. In addition, Chelsea and Manchester City have been vying for the youngster’s signature, although the City Football Group have battled for his deal. Meanwhile, the Blues have now lost the race to sign the Uruguayan whizkid.

Chelsea’s interest in Luciano Rodriguez is understandable. The West London club will delve into the market for multiple attacking reinforcement in the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old was thus a viable target for Chelsea. However, the Blues have failed to secure his services with their latest foray into the South American market, with the City Football Group clinching his move.

The report has claimed that Liverpool FC Montevideo will receive €12 million to part ways with Rodriguez in the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old will sign a five-year contract, with the City Football Group assigning the Uruguayan attacker to Girona. He was also a target for Palermo, but the Italian outfit will lose him to sister club Girona.

With Girona playing in the UEFA Champions League next season, he will have some exposure to top-level football when he arrives at Estadi Montilivi. It will be interesting to see how the 20-year-old South American prodigy fares at the Catalan club.

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