Report: Leeds now keen on January loan move for £35m defender, he’s already blown away Arsenal’s scouts
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Report: Leeds now keen on January loan move for £35m defender, he’s already blown away Arsenal’s scouts

Leeds United may be looking to improve a number of areas of their squad when the January transfer window opens.

A report from El Desmarque suggests they might be looking at a temporary solution to one position.

Leeds manager Jesse Marsch has preferred playing with a back four since arriving at Elland Road.

Rasmus Kristensen arrived in the summer to take over the right-back role.

He’s taken some time to adapt to the jump in quality between Austria’s top flight and the Premier League.

The Dane had put in the occasional brilliant performance, but will know there’s room for improvement.

On the other flank, Marsch has deployed Pascal Struijk as an auxiliary left-back in the absence of Junior Firpo.

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Struijk is normally a centre-back or holding midfielder, and a report from Leeds Live suggests Marsch doesn’t see him in his strongest line-up.

Firpo’s fitness concerns have meant he’s only played twice in the Premier League this season.

He started against Leicester in a 2-0 loss before being an unused substitute for the last four games before the league paused.

And El Desmarque suggests Leeds want Valencia youngster Jesus Vazquez on loan to add further competition to the squad.

Leeds want Vazquez on loan

The report names Leeds as one of a number of clubs interested in signing the 19-year-old on a temporary deal.

Vazquez has a £35m release clause, and if Leeds were to want to make his move permanent, it could be an expensive deal.

The teenager is a Mestalla academy product, and has made four appearances in La Liga this season.

Also capable of playing on the right, Vazquez is currently back-up to club captain Jose Gaya.

Leeds are among the sides who want Vazquez on loan, but it would be a big step up to be thrown straight into Marsch’s side.

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With Leeds likely to be battling against relegation once again, the pressure would be on Vazquez to hit the ground running.

He’s got plenty of admirers, with Arsenal’s scouts particularly impressed with the full-back.

Marsch has put a lot of trust in young players this season, with Crysencio Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto repaying that faith.

It’s a different scenario being thrown into a leaky defence, and Vazquez would have to adapt very quickly to his new surroundings.

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