Real Valladolid have issued a warning to clubs interested in playmaker Toni Villa.
Leo Noticas reported on Wednesday that The Whites would be willing to pay the Spaniard’s £4 million release clause - although they hope to strike a cheaper deal, but it appears that there is more to this deal than meets the eye.
Leeds director Ivan Bravo’s company, Aspire Academy, have a 99 per cent stake in Spanish Segunda Division side Cultural Leonesa and it is understood that the Yorkshire giants are working in tandem with the club.
As such, the report states that Leeds would loan Villa out to Leonesa next season.
However, Valladolid’s sporting director, Miguel Angel Gomez, has warned the 22-year-old that signing a contract with elsewhere would not necessarily be the smartest move.
“When a young man has a season of success he is very impressionable and at this time he needs to be mature,” Gomez told Eldesmarque in relation to reported interest in the Valladolid youngster.
“You have to stay one step ahead. He has to show that he wants to wear the Real Valladolid shirt. We are not the second choice of anyone.”
The Murcia-born attacking midfielder is yet to make a real impact in the Valladolid first-team and has largely featured for the club’s B side in recent years.
And there is a question to be asked whether Leeds should be using their money more wisely with a number of key positions, particularly centre-half and left-back, desperately in need of reinforcement.
Villa has a contract at Valladolid until 2019 and would be the second Spanish playmaker to sign a contract with Thomas Christiansen's side this summer following the arrival of Samu Saiz from Huesca.