By Saikat Mandal

20th Nov, 2022 | 10:10am

Singapore meeting could see Leeds United seal Jesus Vasquez deal in January

Valencia are looking to find a solution for their teen sensation Jesus Vasquez, and Leeds United may have a big chance here to secure his signing.

According to a report from Spanish newspaper AS (printed edition 19 November, page 20), the Valencia board held a meeting in Singapore this week.

Ahead of the January window, Los Che feel that a “decision has to be made” for the benefit of all parties involved, and the youngster’s move away from the club in January is highly on the cards.

Radio Marca reported on 17 November that the Whites have identified Vasquez as a target and a clause in his contract allows him to leave the Spanish club in January. 

The Whites are looking to sign a left-back in the winter transfer window, and they are taking keen attention to the youngster’s current situation. 

The likes of Inter Milan and Benfica are also in the hunt to sign the player who could leave on loan in January. The clause allowed him to go out on loan, wherever he wanted, in the summer, but he didn’t leave. The same terms are applicable in the January window as well. 

With competition fierce, Leeds will have to come up with a smart transfer plan (including financial incentives) to lure him away to Elland Road. It remains unclear whether Valencia would be willing to do any direct transfer, but definitely, an exit could be on the cards. 

The left-back situation has been a mess at the Yorkshire club.

It has been a shady area for a while if we trace it back to the early Marcelo Bielsa days. 

Barry Douglas failed to make an impact and he was eventually let go. Gjanni Alioski was a hero at the club, but even he failed to nail down a regular spot. 

Stuart Dallas remains an option but he is better utilized elsewhere. Junior Firpo came with a lot of promise from Barcelona but he is injury prone. In fact, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that he has been a waste of money, such is his lack of contribution to the side. 

Pascal Struijk has done well at left-back, but it is not his natural position. Put simply, Leeds need a left-back, and Vazquez looks like a cracking young talent. 

The Mestalla club have a reputation for producing outstanding young talents over the years, and Vasquez looks like one of those prodigies. 

At such a tender age, he has already made over 15 appearances across two seasons. He has only managed four appearances so far in La Liga, probably that’s why he is looking to move elsewhere. 

There is a window of opportunity here, and Victor Orta must use his Spanish connection to secure his signature. 

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has revealed the whispers he’s heard at Elland Road about when the 49ers will complete their takeover.