Leeds United are reportedly battling Serie A giants Inter Milan for the signing of Villarreal left-back Alfonso Pedraza – a player that Garry Monk loved during his time as Leeds boss, with Pedraza playing 14 times for Leeds on loan.
Pedraza, now 26, is one of the first names on the team sheet at La Liga side Villarreal. He has been converted into a flying left-back after breaking into Villarreal’s side initially as a winger. Indeed, he played for Leeds on the left flank.
Joining Leeds midway through the 2016-17 campaign, he clocked up 14 appearances and even scored a goal during a 3-1 win away at Birmingham City. Now, Football Espana claim that Leeds and Inter want his signature in January.
Gazzetta Dello Sport previously reported Inter’s interest, claiming a fee of £13million would be required. Whether that is an immediate permanent purchase, or a loan-to-buy deal. But he is a player that impressed Monk while boss.
Two games into Pedraza’s loan at Leeds, Monk told a press conference that he had been impressed by the loan recruit from Villarreal – as per Inside Futbol: “He has been great. He is an exciting talent, full of potential.”
Leeds battling Inter for Pedraza: Monk loved player during time as boss
Pedraza has of course, gone on to bigger and better things than playing for a Leeds side that narrowly missed out on the top six in the Championship. But now, Leeds are well within a position to challenge for the left-footed ace.
Leeds, of course, need a left-back. A player that can finally end the club’s search for a left-back, one that can nail down the position since Charlie Taylor left in 2017. Barry Douglas, Gjanni Alioski and Junior Firpo have all failed.
Firpo remains at the club but he has proved to be a flop signing. Injuries and a lack of form has not endeared himself to the fans. Leeds need a left-back – why not a player that knows the club, Elland Road, and fans know themselves?