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Valencia eye double swoop for Rodrigo and Ezequiel Garay

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Valencia are ready to use their new-found wealth to launch a double raid on Europa League finalists Benfica.

The Spanish club were recently taken over by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim and his first act could be to complete a sensational swoop for Ezequiel Garay and Rodrigo.

Reports in Spain suggest Valencia's recent cash injection will enable them to make a £50million move, but they may face competition from England.

Premier League runners-up Liverpool have been linked with a move for Rodrigo in the past, while Argentine defender Garay is said to have interested Manchester United.

The speculation will come as a surprise to followers of Spanish football who have been more used to seeing Valencia cashing in on star players rather than splashing out to sign them.

In recent years the club has seen the likes of Roberto Soldado, Juan Mata, David Silva and David Villa all depart the Mestalla Stadium for large amounts of money.

Little of that revenue has been invested in the playing squad, but latest reports suggest Lim has pledged over £342million to help end the club's financial problems and a £50million swoop for the Benfica pair would be a real signal of intent.

The club finished the La Liga season in eighth place but the possible signings of Garay and Rodridgo would help them push for a return to the Champions League places next season.

Both players have experience in the competition with Benfica and their signings would be seen as a major coup.

Garay - who has been named in the Argentina World Cup squad - made his name in Spain with Racing Santander before earning a move to Real Madrid.

Playing time was limited for the goalscoring centre-back during his time in the Spanish capital, but a 2011 move to Benfica has reinvigorated his career and he may be keen to show Madrid what they're missing.

Rodrigo also has history with the Spanish giants, having spent the 2009/2010 season with the club's reserve teams.

Since making the move to Benfica he's proven his goalscoring ability and netted 18 times in all competitions this season.

However, his season ended on a sour note as he along with Oscar Cardozo - missed a penalty in the Europa League final shoot-out defeat.

Despite being born in Brazil, Rodrigo has played for Spain at youth level and a move to La Liga could help force his way into Vicente del Bosque's senior squad.

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