Shock reports that Leeds United have emerged as a potential destination for former Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo have certainly captured the imagination.
According to Super Deporte, The Whites are attempting to lure the 31-year-old Valencia forward to Elland Road in what would be one of the most impressive transfer coups in recent Championship seasons.
Negredo endured mixed spells with City and Middlesbrough though still scored at a decent rate
After all, Negredo is a striker with real pedigree even if the goals have dried up somewhat in recent seasons. He won Euro 2012 with Spain, the Premier League with Manchester City two years later, as well as winning La Liga’s Golden Boot award twice with Sevilla in the days before the Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi duopoly.
And the fact that Victor Orta, Leeds’ new technical director, was influential in Negredo joining Middlesbrough on loan last season has given supporters hope that a deal is not quite as outlandish as it first appears.
The stand-out problem, however, is Negredo’s wage demands. The Telegraph report that the former Real Madrid youth was earning £100,000-a-week at Middlesbrough last season and it goes without saying that Leeds would struggle to pay that amount.
Yet, reports in Marca that Valencia are desperate to flog Negredo this summer may just play into Leeds’ hands. The report states that the Castellon club will even let the out-of-favour frontman, who joined from City for £31 million just two years ago, leave on loan.
Negredo's 10 Premier League goals couldn't secure Middlesbrough's survival in 2016/17
However, Negredo is proving difficult to shift, Super Deporte claiming he has rejected offers from Turkey and China, suggesting a mooted move to Besiktas is far from certain. Therefore, it is not inconceivable that Valencia may end up letting Negredo leave on a short-term deal while subsidising his wages, such is their desperation to move him on.
Therefore, Leeds should not give up hope just yet.