Report: Leeds could sign exciting left-back who's like '2010s Bale' for just £3.5m
Leeds United have been linked with Valencia’s Jesus Vazquez in recent weeks.
Speculation linking the two parties initially surfaced in November, as per Sport Witness.
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has been using Pascal Struijk as an auxiliary left-back in the absence of Junior Firpo.
Meanwhile, Firpo’s fitness concerns have meant he’s only played twice in the Premier League this season.
With this in mind, it makes sense for Leeds to be eyeing reinforcements at left-back.
Now, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Whites may be able to land Vazquez on a permanent basis.
The Italian outlet – via Sport Witness – has suggested that Valencia could now be considering a sale.
GDM claim Torino are also keen on the Spaniard and are ‘keeping a close eye’ on him ahead of the January window.
Valencia are asking for €4-5m (£3.5-4.4m), and Torino are ‘working to buy him outright’, added the report.
Given previous reports mentioning Leeds’ interest have been about a loan deal, this suggests Valencia may have changed their minds.
‘A composure that belies his years’
Leeds would be signing a top talent in Vazquez if they manage to beat Torino to his services.
He made his Valencia breakthrough last season and has already clocked up 22 competitive appearances.
Earlier this year, Breaking the Lines compared Vazquez to Gareth Bale when he played at left-back for Spurs.
“Watching him is like watching Gareth Bale from his left-back days at Tottenham,” they wrote.
“He is over 6 feet tall like Centelles, and carries the ball into advanced positions like Bale used to.
“He even looks like that early 2010s Bale with the hairstyle.
“There is something different about the way he defends 1v1 or holds off markers while moving with the ball.
“He does not look as fast as Bale was, or as any before him, but he manages to cover a lot of ground smartly.
“He also seems to be a significantly better dribbler than any of the Valencia left-backs before him, not afraid to take on players, with a composure that belies his years.
“While most of the other left-backs favoured going on the outside and whipping in crosses or playing smart cutbacks, Jesús favours going inwards with the ball at his feet.
“He likes to play through that more crowded area and open up space in his own way, either through dribbling or through combinations with teammates.
“Based on the way he plays, we may see him actually follow the Bale trajectory of playing in more advanced roles in future.”
A top talent like Vazquez for less than £5million would be a bargain. However, Leeds need to move fast as Torino seem to be ahead in the race.
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