Getafe admit “we cannot refuse” striker Angel Rodriguez joining Barcelona

Getafe president Angel Torres admits he could not block striker Angel Rodriguez joining Barcelona this month.

The Blaugrana will find out if they are allowed by La Liga to sign a contracted player from another Spanish club this month following a long-term injury for Ousmane Dembele, who will not feature again this campaign.

That followed on from a similar season-ending injury to main striker Luis Suarez, while Abel Ruiz and Carles Perez were both sold by the Catalan giants last month.

Angel has scored 39 goals for Los Azulones since joining from Real Zaragoza in the summer of 2017 on a free transfer, proving somewhat of a scoring revelation since.

He has a release clause of €10m and the Blaugrana could be able to land him despite the transfer window being officially closed.

“I could not refuse the move,” Getafe president Torres told Catalunya Radio, as cited by Marca.

“I have a good relationship with Barcelona and I have no problem with them. They have had the misfortune of having two strikers injured.

“At this time no one in Barcelona has spoken to me…if there was any interest I would have known, as I have a direct line with the president and with Ramón Planes.

“I have no indication that anyone can tell me…because those things are usually filtered down.

“I have told the player to be calm and keep scoring goals, which has to happen. He knows he would be the first to tell to say if there was any interest.

“Who would not like to go to Barcelona? But now there is no news or indication that they will come to sign him.

“The clause would not be a problem for them – it is €10m. We want to keep the player but additional money is always nice.

“I would be upset to lose the player but we are ready for any situation.”

The Spaniard helped propel Getafe into Europe this season and he has netted three times in four starts in the Europa League this campaign.

The striker has netted 106 league goals across his career in Spanish football to date and has nine in just six La Liga starts to date this season for Jose Bordalas’s side.

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