By Craig Scott

10th Aug, 2022 | 2:37pm

Fabrizio Romano drops Leeds United and Juan Mata transfer update as Elland Road speculation swirls

Leeds United have not agreed a deal to sign free agent Juan Mata, according to Fabrizio Romano.

La Nueva Espana have previously reported via their print edition (15 July, page 46) that Leeds are set to win the race to sign the 34-year-old attacking midfielder.

Romano, writing via his personal Twitter account on 10 August now claims that while no talks are being held and no agreement has been reached for Leeds to sign the ex-Manchester United ace, he is “appreciated as top professional and person”.

The Guardian journalist has also rubbished speculation linking Mata with Real Oviedo and adds that the Spanish playmaker will decide on his future “soon”.

No surprise there

Leeds have dipped their toes into the Spanish transfer market plenty of times in recent years, perhaps due to director of football Victor Orta.

It’s no shock to see a player of Mata’s ilk linked with a move to Leeds but there’s no really any surprise to see Romano’s update saying that a deal won’t happen.

Of course Leeds appreciate Mata’s talent and experience in the Premier League.

Who wouldn’t?

But he’s not the kind of signing we need right now with our attacking midfield options pretty much sorted out for the new Premier League season.

Mata will surely ask for big wages from any club he joins, especially if that club is one in the Premier League that isn’t short of a few quid after selling their two best players.

It wouldn’t make financial sense, especially when Mata probably wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter every week due to his age and the fact that players like Brenden Aaronson and Rodrigo are in good form.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been told to pay £25million to sign this “phenomenal” former Premier League player.