Valencia are seeking for a replacement for adolescent phenomenon Jesus Vasquez, and Leeds United might be in with a chance to recruit him.
According to the Spanish daily AS (printed edition 19 November, page 20), the Valencia board met this week in Singapore.
Los Che believe that a “decision needs to be taken” for the sake of all parties concerned ahead of the January window, and the youngster’s departure from the club is quite likely.
The Whites have identified Vasquez as a target, according to Radio Marca, and a provision in his contract permits him to leave the Spanish club in January.
The Whites are seeking for a left-back in the winter transfer window and are keeping a close eye on the youngster’s present position.
Inter Milan and Benfica are also interested in signing the youngster, who might depart on loan in January. The condition permitted him to go out on loan to anywhere he pleased over the summer, but he did not. The same conditions apply to the January window as well.
With competition intense, Leeds will need to devise a clever transfer strategy (including financial incentives) to get him away from Elland Road. It is unknown if Valencia would be willing to make a straight move, although a departure is certainly possible.
The Yorkshire club’s left-back issue has been a disaster.
If we go back to the early days of Marcelo Bielsa, it has been a shadowy area for a long time.
Barry Douglas was let go after failing to make an impression. Gjanni Alioski was a club hero, but even he couldn’t secure a regular berth.
Stuart Dallas is still a possibility, although he would be better served elsewhere. Junior Firpo arrived from Barcelona with a lot of potential, but he is prone to injuries. In fact, given his lack of contribution to the side, it would not be an exaggeration to suggest he has been a waste of money.
Pascal Struijk has performed well at left back, although it is not his natural position. Simply said, Leeds need a left-back, and Vazquez seems to be a promising young player.
The Mestalla club has a long history of generating excellent young talent, and Vasquez seems to be one of them.
He has already made over 15 appearances in two seasons at such a young age. He has only made four appearances in La Liga so far, which is likely why he is hoping to transfer elsewhere.
There is a window of opportunity here, and Victor Orta must take advantage of it by using his Spanish connections to gain his signature.
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