Leeds United have been strongly linked with Ander Iturraspe over the past few weeks. Iturraspe has played under Marcelo Bielsa before and a potential reunion has been touted.
Now, on the club’s official website, Athletic Bilbao have confirmed Iturraspe’s departure at the end of the season. His contract is set to expire and he will not be given a new deal.
Iturraspe will be looking for a new club in the summer. And rumours linking him with Leeds have resurfaced in recent days, as per AS.
The 30-year-old boasts vast experience at the top level, playing over 200 La Liga matches and featuring in Europe too.
It is clear that Iturraspe would be a shrewd purchase on a free, providing competition for Adam Forshaw and Kalvin Phillips in holding midfield.
But Leeds face a battle to sign him. With automatic promotion now out of their reach, they surely need to win the play-offs to capture Iturraspe.
The twice-capped Spain midfielder will surely be more keen to play Premier League football, rather than dropping into the second tier.
Bielsa’s influence is likely to play a major role in this deal. But the lure of top-flight football should be the deal-maker.
If Leeds win the play-offs, then Iturraspe could be their first summer signing. If not, he might look at alternative options.