Leeds United are one of four European clubs showing interest in the pre-contract of Lucas Vázquez, according to Spanish outlet Cuatro.
The 29-year-old winger has rejected Real Madrid’s three-year contract offer as he demands a rise in wages for his services. The Madrid hierarchy seem unlikely to oblige, leading to Vázquez searching for a new club to secure his future with before the end of the season.
Marcelo Bielsa has held a long-term interest in Vázquez and has reportedly brought this to the attention of Director of Football, Victor Orta. Cuatro have made a bold claim in their article that The Whites would be willing to up his wage package hugely, from €3 million per year at The Bernabeu to €5 million per year at Elland Road. That translates to around £83,000 per week.
Carlo Ancelloti has similar ideas for his Everton side, while Napoli and the high-flying AC Milan are also interested in bringing Vázquez to Italy.
Vázquez has had a decent season so far in La Liga, scoring two goals and assisting four in 18 appearances while also assisting one from five Champions League appearances. This may not seem like it’s worth £83,000 per week, but it’s crucial to mention that Vázquez has played half of his games at right-back as well as right-wing. Three of his four assists came from his time in defence.
His most productive season came in 2017/18, where he scored four goals and assisted eight in 33 La Liga appearances. He also scored one goal and assisted three in The Champions League in 10 matches.
Lucas Vázquez could bring a good spark to the side and act as a high-quality role player on the right-hand-side. Linking with fellow Spanish internationals Diego Llorente and Rodrigo Moreno could also really help with his fit with the Leeds squad.
The versatile winger has plenty of experience to offer, with three Champions League medals, two La Liga titles, three Club World Cup trophies, two UEFA Super Cup wins and a Spanish Super Cup. This is a player with experience in winning and being a very good role-player in the Real Madrid dynasty in recent years.
But with Lucas Vázquez feeling under-valued by the Spanish giants, Leeds United could swoop in to grab themselves a good player on a free transfer and big contract