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Leeds United Eyeing A Move For This Spanish Youngster: One For The Future?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Spanish outlet La Grada Online mentioned that Leeds United are eyeing a move for Espanyol youngster Mateo Joseph Fernandez. However, the Whites would have to pay his full Є1m release clause if they are to convince the Spanish club to part ways with their prized asset.

Fernandez’s Impressive Rise In Spanish Football

The 17-year-old has come through the youth ranks of Espanyol but is yet to make a senior appearance for them thus far. However, the early signs have been quite promising from the young attacker as he has managed to catch the eye with his performances in the youth level of Spanish football.

Fernandez’s current contract with RCD Espanyol is set to expire in 2022, so it makes sense for the Spanish outfit to cash in on him soon or else risk losing him as a free agent next summer. Hence, Leeds United should think about making a cut-price move to bring the Spanish prospect to Elland Road during the winter transfer window.

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Is Fernandez A Prospect For The Future?

Fernandez has proven his worth as an exciting forward for Espanyol during pre-season but has not penned a new contract with them so far. He knows how to find the back of the net and could turn out to be a clever addition to Mark Jackson’s Under-23 team at Leeds.

The Spanish whizkid is undoubtedly a promising young talent who could prove himself to be a future star at Elland Road. However, he is still quite raw and would need time to settle into life in English football. Still, there is no denying that he is a prospect to watch out for in the coming seasons.

At 17, Fernandez has still got plenty of time to transform himself into a regular feature in top-flight football. However, for now, the Spanish starlet needs to concentrate on getting better on the training field as he has the potential to become a world-class player in his position someday. Hence, the Whites should think about arranging a move to get him on board soon as he is undeniably a star in the making in European football.

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