Real Oviedo will confirm that Leeds United forward Rafa Mujica’s loan deal will be terminated there in the next few hours, according to La Voz de Galicia.
It was thought that Mujica, 22, would leave Oviedo and head to their Segunda Division rival Las Palmas [Cadena Sur]. However, an update by Cope says that deal hangs in the balance as the Canary Islands outfit do not have enough in their wage budget to meet Leeds’ financial demands.
Mujica reportedly wants to stay playing in Spain’s second-tier but at the moment, it seems as though the young striker could be on his way back to Thorp Arch.
Absolute mess of a situation
We feel really sorry for Mujica.
Victor Orta signed the former Barcelona striker before the start of last season and almost instantly sent him out on loan to Extremadura, where he struggled for game-time and made just eight appearances.
That loan deal was cut short last January and Mujica was allowed to join Villarreal’s B team on loan. While playing for the La Liga club’s reserves, he went on a superb run of form that saw him score four goals in seven matches but then the season was cut short.
As soon as he found a rhythm, the COVID-19 pandemic destroyed the youngster’s momentum.
Fortunately, Leeds still managed to get a Segunda Division club to sign him on loan last summer but at Oviedo, he’s played just five times in all competitions but did manage to score twice in the Copa del Rey.
Las Palmas seem really keen to sign him and that suggests they would play him but it seems as though they cannot afford his wages and that’s a massive shame.
Leeds will no doubt want every penny they can get for the ex-Barcelona striker but it seems like his career in West Yorkshire was over before it even started.
For the sake of his development and career in football, it might be best to just release him on a free and let someone else take him permanently.
In other Leeds United news, there’s been a massive update on Bielsa’s contract situation at Elland Road.