Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is keen to sign Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas, according to AS.
The 25-year-old hitman scored four goals in 14 matches for the Catalan side after joining from Benfica in a £20.25 million deal in January.
But his contributions weren’t enough to save his side from finishing rock bottom of La Liga, 12 points adrift of safety.
And now it is understood that he could be on the move again this summer, with Leeds one of a number of sides keeping tabs on him.
As well as four La Liga clubs, the Whites could face competition from a Serie A club and a Premier League rival, both of whom have reportedly qualified for European football next season.
In fact, Leeds are the only club who are mentioned directly, but it is also understood that their lack of European football could prove to be a disadvantage in their pursuit of the player.
AS state that Espanyol asking price will be around the £20.7 million mark.
Marcelo Bielsa could well be in with a shout of being the most meticulous man on the planet, and if he’s the one pushing for Leeds to make a move for de Tomas, then you can bet that he has done enough homework to justify that stance.
On the face of it four goals in 14 matches is hardly earth-shattering, but to come into a relegation-threatened side midway through a campaign is never going to be a simple task for any striker.
In terms of what he can offer on the pitch, he has a higher shot accuracy rate and a higher goals per game ratio than Patrick Bamford this season, despite having an xG that is 0.21 worse per game, as per Wyscout.
Evidently, he is handy enough in front of goal, and we say it’s worth looking into this one further, even if the odds are stacked against us.
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