Leeds United have entered the race to sign Uruguayan forward Abel Hernandez this summer. The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Leeds are hoping to bring the Hull City striker to Elland Road on a free transfer, with his contract at the KCOM Stadium expiring in the summer.
This season has been quiet for Hernandez, who has been out for most of the campaign through injury. However, Leeds fans who remember his 2015-16 season will rightly be excited by this potential move.
Hernandez was one of the Championship’s most feared strikers that season. He scored 22 goals in 45 games for the club as they won promotion back to the Premier League.
Such form had him on the radar for several top clubs and Leeds fans must realise how much of a bargain this is, when they consider his price-tag two years ago.
That summer, Aston Villa were in talks to sign the Uruguayan striker. A £20 million deal looked was agreed but fell apart when it came time to discuss his salary, according to a report by the Sun.
Leeds would now be able to get him for free. Such a decrease in cost is a rare opportunity in football and Leeds are therefore right to be going after the Tigers attacker.
That’s not to say finances won’t still be an issue. The Villa move collapsed, according to The Sun, because Hernandez’s agents wanted him to earn £70,000-a-week. His delegation also wanted an increase to £100,000-a-week should Villa win promotion to the Premier League.
Those terms were considered unsatisfactory and Villa pulled the plug. Any wage in the vicinity of that deal will be off limits for Leeds financially.
But hopefully, middle-ground can be found. Leeds would be getting a proven Championship striker worth £20 million for absolutely nothing. Such an opportunity does not come around too often.