​Real Madrid manager ​Julen Lopetegui has reportedly asked his new club to sign Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno.

According to El Larguero (via ​​​AS), Lopetegui is keen to sign Rodrigo regardless of whether or not the club brings in a marquee name to replace Cristiano Ronaldo over the summer.

Lopetegui is aware of interest in Karim Benzema from ​Serie A outfit ​Napoli, and has keenly expressed his interest in bring Rodrigo to the Los Blancos hierarchy as a replacement.

So strong is Lopetegui's interest that both the player and his current club are aware of the situation, although ​Atlético Madrid and Napoli are also said to have shown interest in the Spain international.

Lopetegui could have an upper hand in the race to sign the 27-year-old. However, with himself and Rodrigo both represented by Portuguese super agent, Jorge Mendes, who lists Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Diego Costa amongst his clientele.

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Rodrigo is no stranger to Real Madrid, having progressed through the Celta Vigo academy before moving on to Real Madrid, where he played for the Castilla B team before sealing a switch to Portuguese giants Benfica in 2010. Subsequent loan spells at ​Bolton Wanderers and Valencia followed, with Rodrigo making a permanent move to the latter in 2015.

His form caught the eye of several potential suitors last season, as he fired in 19 goals - and assisted a further seven - in 44 games for Los Che.


Furthermore, he has nine caps for the Spain national team, scoring twice in matches against Albania and Germany over the course of the last 12 months.