Could £23m Leicester deal scupper Leeds' reported Ibai Gomez hopes?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Championship Leeds United and Premier League Leicester City are reportedly keen on La Liga attackers - Alaves' Ibai Gomez and Celta Vigo's Brais Mendez.

Ibai Gomez of Deportivo Alaves reacts during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Getafe CF at Estadio de Mendizorroza on September 27, 2018 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Leeds United’s hopes of bringing one of the in-form stars of Spanish football to Elland Road in 2019 could rest on the shoulders of Leicester City.

Leeds have been linked with Alaves’ talisman winger Ibai Gomez in the last few weeks with Marcelo Bielsa seemingly keen to reunite with a player he coached during his spell in charge of Athletic Bilbao (Goal).

AS, however, reports that Leeds are not alone in attempting to land Ibai before his Alaves contract expires at the end of the season. It is understood that Celta Vigo are keen to keep the 28-year-old in La Liga.


And this is where Leicester come in.

Because Cadena Cope (20 November, 9am) reported on Tuesday that The Foxes will trigger the £23 million release-clause of Celta starlet Brais Mendez in the January transfer window after he scored the winner on his Spain debut in the 1-0 friendly win against Bosnia and Herzogovina.

Brais Mendez of Spain celebrates 1-0  during the  UEFA Nations league match between Spain  v Bosnia and Herzegovina  at the Estadio de Gran Canaria on November 18, 2018 in Las Palmas de...

And Ibai would be a ready-made replacement given that he plays in the same right-wing position that Mendez have thrived in this season.

So if Leceister get their man, Leeds’ hopes of bringing Ibai to Elland Road could potentially hang by a thread.

Brais Mendez of Spain runs with the ball during the international friendly match between Spain and Bosnia & Herzegovina at Estadio de Gran Canaria on November 18, 2018 in Las Palmas de...

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