By Mark Smith

7th Oct, 2021 | 7:10am

Leeds close in on signing of Mateo Joseph, must pay £850,000

Leeds United are closing in on the signing of Espanyol attacker Mateo Joseph, according to La Grada Online.

The Spanish outlet has shared on their website that the Whites will have to pay a clause of up to £850,000 to get the deal over the line.

An agreement is said to already be in place with the player, with only one detail standing between his move to Elland Road.

La Grada has described Joseph as the “pearl” of Espanyol’s academy, despite his lack of minutes this season.

With the attacking sensation nearing the end of his contract, numerous clubs have already made their move to sign him.

Barcelona were one of those over the summer and were simply told to pay £850,000 although that didn’t happen.

It sounds as though Espanyol have prepared for this exit, with Joseph refusing to sign a new deal due to the interest in his services.

Get it done?

It looks as though Leeds are closing in on yet another attacking sensation to bring to Thorp Arch in 2022.

Marcelo Bielsa is a major drawing point for these young players who want to train under the best and have the chance of playing Premier League football.

Some may claim that with the likes of Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood already at the club, we don’t need another striker.

But, this could mean that one or possibly even both could be set for permanent promotion to the first-team squad going into next season.

Joseph would arrive with huge hype behind his name, with Barcelona and Manchester City among those hunting his signature.

The Sun reported back in May that Pep Guardiola was looking for Sergio Aguero replacements, and the Citizens were leading the race for this 17-year-old sensation from Espanyol – not any more it seems.

Leeds look set to be closing in on their first new signing of 2022 already, and this one could be completed within a matter of days.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign Madrid-born giant, Victor Orta could seal bargain move – report