Leeds United make move for Real Valladolid full back Iván Fresneda, £25.8m deal on the cards
Leeds United have already made a move for Real Valladolid right back Iván Fresneda with a host of clubs chasing the 18-year-old right back, according to AS.
The Spanish news outlet has revealed (14 December) that the young Spaniard is viewed as one of the “biggest prospects” in Europe at the moment. His release clause was just £8.7million, however, it has risen to £25.8million after Fresneda made six appreances for the first team.
If he goes on to make 22 appearances this season it will rise again to £38.7million, with Real Valladolid eyeing one of the biggest transfer sales in their recent history.
Leeds along with a number of Premier League clubs including Everton, Newcastle, Liverpool and Arsenal have all looked at the 18-year-old.
Fresneda certainly looks like an exciting prospect and would be a huge coup for Jesse Marsch if he can land the 18-year-old right back. With Cody Drameh facing an uncertain future and Luke Ayling potentially coming to the end of his time at Elland Road, another full-back option to challenge Rasmus Kristensen wouldn’t be a bad move for the American to pursue.
However, Leeds would be wise to look at a January move for Fresneda, with the full-back likely to hit the 22-game mark this season and see his value skyrocket towards the £40million mark. Although the Yorkshire side have been ambitious in recent windows, it’s difficult to see the board dishing out such an amount on a right back, particularly when other positions are of a more pressing concern.
A left-back and a striker should be Marsch’s priorities heading into the January window, with Patrick Bamford’s poor form a real issue for the American. Rodrigo has been superb so far in the 2022/23 campaign, however, he cannot be expected to be Leeds’ only hope in an attacking sense.
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