According to the reports from Mundo Deportivo, Leeds United have been linked with a move for Adri Embarba. The winger plies his trade for Rayo Vallecano who play in the Spanish second division. Along with the Whites, West Ham and Norwich City are also said to be interested.
Rayo Vallecano coach shoots warning to possible suitors
The 27-year-old has been with Vallecano for seven years now. Embarba has seven goals and 11 assists to his name in all competitions this season. The winger has his contract at the club until 2021. Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez meanwhile has warned that clubs looking to sign him will have to trigger his £8.5m release clause. Jemez said, “If (a club) wants Adrián Embarba, they have to pay the clause.”
What now for Leeds United?
With that kind of transfer value involved, we believe it is unlikely that Leeds United would sign him permanently. The Whites are still struggling to find a replacement for Eddie Nketiah who was recalled back by Arsenal after he failed to get much game time at Elland Road.
A winger is not exactly a priority for the Whites, but they could do with an attacking option. Embarba is currently the main man for Rayo Vallecano, and it is understandable why the club would want to keep hold of him.
The Whites also parted ways with Jack Clarke in the January window as he failed to make an impact in the first half of the season. Pablo Hernandez and Helder Costa have been used predominantly on the right flank. Costa has been unable to meet the expectations so far after United signed him in the summer.
Will Embarba be a good bet?
Embarba is known for his pace and dribbling skills but what really makes him stand out is his ability to find the right ball in the final third. The Spaniard has the vision and the passing range to unlock defences, and he is more than just a tricky player in the attacking half of the pitch. His 11 assist so far is testament to his abilities.
Leeds United have been guilty of not finding the right ball or finish in the final third. They lack players who are clinical and can pick their heads up to find the right pass. Embarba would undoubtedly be a decent acquisition in this transfer window. Still, as mentioned, the Whites are unlikely to pay that kind of transfer fee with the financial fair play issue looming large. United are likely to make use of the loan market to reinforce their squad.
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