By Mark Smith

23rd Feb, 2021 | 12:00pm

Leeds want to sign Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez - report

Leeds United have registered an interest in signing Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez this summer, according to Cuatro.

The Spanish outlet have claimed on their website that the 29-year-old has rejected a new contract at the Bernabeu, and believes he deserves more money.

Marcelo Bielsa knows the Spanish international, and it is suggested that the Whites could offer him up to five million euros (£4.3million) in wages each year.

Leeds aren’t the only side interested in Vazquez.

Everton, Napoli and AC Milan are also in the hunt to sign the Spaniard, who hopes to know his next destination before the end of March next month.

The move wouldn’t be completed until June, but Vazquez would like to be prepared for what is coming next in his career after Madrid.

Vazquez has featured 18 times in La Liga this season, with 15 of those starts and some of those also coming at right-back to cover the injured Dani Carvajal.

With the suggestion that Leeds could offer £4.3million in wages each year, that would comfortably make him the top-earner at Elland Road.

According to Spotrac, Rodrigo is currently the top-earner for the Whites, earning £3million-a-year, or £57,692-a-week. For comparison, Vazquez would pocket £83,000-a-week.

Is this really a smart move?

Even though he would be a free agent after rejecting Madrid’s new contract, that is still a lot of money for a player that Leeds aren’t desperate for.

Bielsa will want his midfield strengthening, and potentially a new striker before another winger, although much could depend on the future of Helder Costa.

The Portuguese winger has fallen down the pecking order dramatically, and should he no longer be favoured at Elland Road, we need competition for Jack Harrison and Raphinha.

In other Leeds United news, Napoli and Leicester City want to sign Pascal Struijk