Report claims Leeds would consider £4m Toni Villa deal as surprise links continue

Thomas Christiansen

Leeds United continue to be linked to deals involving Cultural Leonesa

Leeds United's name continues to be mentioned in Spain in relation to transfer targets of Spanish Segunda Division side Cultural Leonesa.

Leeds director Ivan Bravo's company Aspire Academy own a 99 per cent stake in the club, and Leeds have been linked with helping Leonesa sign players.

One of these players is Real Valladolid playmaker Toni Villa, but the club do not wish to relinquish his services.

Leonesa have already had a 300,000 Euros offer rejected.

Leo Noticias now report Leeds United, described as 'in the same network' as Leonesa, are open to paying Villa's £4 million release clause.

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The report states they prefer to negotiate a cheaper price, but it is considered Leonesa's best chance of landing the 22-year-old player, who would be loaned out by Leeds.

Spanish outlet Cadena Ser reported this week that Leeds are considering a similar deal for Rodrigo Rios Lozano, to 'acquire his rights' and send him out to Leonesa.

Such a partnership with Cultural Leonesa may be a smart long term link up, although the Whites are not exactly splashing the cash themselves at present.

It does not make much sense for them to pay £4 million on a player they would loan out, no matter his long term upside.

Leeds' name has not been plucked from nowhere, and reports of a link up with Leonesa may well be accurate, but it would be a surprise to see the club doing another club favours in the market when they could dearly use the investment in their own squad.

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