Leeds United could send a statement to the rest of the Premier League by luring Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez to Elland Road.
The Whites are interested in the winger according to a report from Cuatro.
Vazquez’s contract expires at the end of the season and the Whites are believed to be prepared to offer him five million euros (£4.3million) a year.
That would far exceed the salaries of even key players like Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.
It would hint that Andrea Radrizzani is willing to open the purse in his pursuit of qualifying for European football.
Victor Orta was entrusted with a healthy budget last summer and recruited well – Raphinha and Rodrigo have particularly impressed.
Vazquez would not fit his usual transfer criteria, as we do not usually go for big names, or free agents for that matter.
Nevertheless, the Spaniard could prove an astute addition.
He would arrive in Yorkshire with a winning mentality, having lifted both La Liga and the Champions League on multiple occasions.
The 29-year-old would improve us on the pitch, too, as evidenced by a WhoScored average rating of 7.2 this term.
Vazquez has six goal contributions as well as 1.3 successful dribbles and 1.6 key passes per game.
Perhaps more important is his return of 87% pass accuracy as it indicates he would slot seemlessly into our style of play.
The crucial question is whether he would be able to match our pressing intensity – wingers Raphinha and Jack Harrison are key to that.
Harrison may not be here next season, though, and eyeing Vazquez as a possible replacement is good thinking.
Bielsa’s demands have got the best out of last summer’s signings – Jonjo Shelvey’s comments about Rodrigo show how determined he is to follow the Argentine’s instructions.
The same could happen with Vazquez, too, and by getting him on a free we could land another Orta bargain.
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