Spanish news outlet El Desmarque have claimed that three Spanish sides have joined Leeds United in the race to sign Barcelona striker Rafa Mujica – but Leeds are in pole position for his signature.
Leeds were first linked with the 20-year-old earlier this month, as Mujica has seemingly opted against signing a new contract with Ernesto Valverde’s side. His current deal expires at the end of June.
That means he is currently available on a free transfer. However, Leeds have been joined in their pursuit of the La Masia academy product by Sporting Gijon, Deportivo La Coruna and Mallorca.
But the report also claims that Leeds are best placed to land the young striker, as they hold “a greater economic potential” than their rivals. It remains to be seen if Mujica is willing to swap Spain for England.
Leeds have already lured two young players from Barcelona since the arrival of Victor Orta as director of football. Striker Kun Temenuzhkov and Oriol Rey have been regular features in the Under-23 side, since joining.
Leeds must take into account that Mujica has only scored seven goals in 33 games for Barcelona’s second string this season. Yes, Barca’s reserve side play in the third tier of Spanish football, but the stats are hardly impressive.
Leeds currently boast Ryan Edmondson – who has been on fire for the Under-23 side this season – as well as Bulgarian forward Kun. They hardly need another striker in Carlos Corberan’s outfit.
However, if either Edmondson or Kun get promoted to Marcelo Bielsa’s senior side this summer, then a space could open up for Mujica.