Report: Leeds now want to sign £13m left-back who's a 'huge attacking threat'
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Report: Leeds now want to sign £13m left-back who's a 'huge attacking threat'

Leeds United have reportedly rekindled their interest in Villarreal left-back Alfonso Pedraza.

According to Football Espana, the Whites are up against Inter Milan in the race for the 26-year-old.

Pedraza has already played for Leeds, having spent the second half of the 2016-17 season on loan at Elland Road.

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He played 14 times for the Whites in the Championship, though he left after they only just failed to seal a top-six place.

Pedraza took in four loan spells away from Villarreal, and is now a first-team regular for the La Liga side.

Football Espana claims the player himself is open to a move away, and the club is also open to a deal.

Gazzetta dello Sport recently claimed Pedraza could be available for a loan-to-buy deal worth £13million.

Pedraza ticks a lot of boxes for Marsch

Left-back is a position Leeds could do with strengthening in the January transfer window.

Junior Firpo has struggled to have the desired impact at Elland Road, while Pascal Struijk is a centre-back by trade.

The Dutchman has been doing well enough at left-back.

But if Jesse Marsch wants to free him up to play at centre-back, then Pedraza wouldn’t be a bad shout.

His time at Leeds means he knows well about the club’s ethos and what it takes to play for the Whites and their fans.

On top of that, he has developed massively as a player, hence interest in him from the likes of Inter.

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Football Espana wrote the following about Pedraza: ‘Strong, possessing good pace and good technical ability, it seemed a matter of time before other clubs began making serious enquiries into Pedraza.

‘The former winger can also boast an excellent notion of timing when it comes to his runs deep in opposition territory.’

Meanwhile, The Athletic described him as a ‘huge attacking threat’ back in 2021.

They also quoted him as saying Marcelo Bielsa and his staff carried out “fantastic work” at Leeds.

“I felt very loved by the fans and I was genuinely very happy to play for Leeds and experience the Championship,” he said.

“It is a beautiful league to me, where you play every three days and the football is ‘ida y vuelta’ (up and down), which suits my characteristics as a player well.

“The move helped me to grow up. Leeds as a city is very fun and very beautiful. Pablo Hernandez was there to take care of me, too.”

Pedraza seems to still think very highly of Leeds, so it makes sense as a potential deal.

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