Rodrigo was linked with a transfer from Benfica to Arsenal during the January transfer window, and early in the summer, with The Star claiming he was a ‘top priority’.
Rodrigo landed up clinching a move to La Liga side Valencia, and this has helped him make the jump up from the under-21 side to the Spanish senior team.
At all Spain’s youth levels he has an impressive 24 goals in 30 games.
Now 23, his one goal and two assists in four appearances for Valencia has been enough to earn him a call-up for a Spain side in transition after their World Cup disappointment.
He is competing at his club with fellow Spain internationals Paco Alcacer and Alvaro Negredo, on loan from Manchester City.
Like Diego Costa, Rodrigo was born in Brazil, but has always pledged his national allegiance to Spain.
He is at Valencia on a season long loan, with an option to buy, but if his form for Spain sees interest grow from other clubs and a price tag rise to a level the La Liga side disagree with or cannot afford, there could yet be a chance for the Gunners, or another interested club, to prise him away.
Is Rodrigo good enough to play for Spain?