Spanish website Football Espana report that Leeds United are battling Inter Milan in the race to sign Villarreal lefty Alfonso Pedraza – a player that Leeds fans will know well, having spent half a season on loan at Elland Road n 2016-17.
Pedraza, 26, joined Leeds during the second half of the 2016-17 season – the second of four loan spells away from his current club. But they seem to have done the trick, becoming a crucial part of Villarreal’s side over the last few years.
He played 14 times for Leeds, even scoring in a 3-1 away win over Birmingham City. But he did not sign permanently, with Leeds failing to gain promotion – pipped at the last under Garry Monk, to a place in the top six. Pedraza left.
The Spaniard’s career has spiraled upwards since that loan, and is now being linked with the likes of Inter Milan – and, a return to Leeds. Naturally a winger, but now more of a modern-day left-back, Pedraza has a contract until June 2026.
So, a deal for the left-footed star might be tricky to manoeuvre. Italian site GDS said recently that Pedraza could be available for a loan-to-buy deal worth £13million. But, you would expect Villarreal would rather an instant sale, if so.
Leeds battling Inter in race to sign Pedraza – the perfect addition
Without going into his Leeds past, Pedraza is just what Leeds need in terms of profile of player. A hard-working, creative left-back. One that can get forward and score or create goals, but one that is intelligent enough to get back.
Pedraza has skill, speed, flair but a defensive determination, too. He has everything that you would expect to see in the Premier League. Not only that, but of course, he knows Leeds. He knows the city, even if it was a brief spell in Leeds.
He knows the fans and he knows what it means to play for this club. So, if Leeds fancy replacing Junior Firpo and freeing up Pascal Struijk to play at centre-back, they should really look no further than signing Pedraza.