Raul de Tomas scored four goals in 14 La Liga matches for Espanyol, after joining the Spanish side from Benfica in January.
He wasn’t able to prevent the Barcelona club from being relegated, and is now one of the players expected to leave in the summer market.
Spanish newspaper AS report he has four offers from La Liga, but all of the clubs want to take him on loan with his current side paying part of his €6m a year salary.
There’s also interest from two unnamed clubs, one in Serie A and one in the Premier League, with both qualified for European competition next season. That’s when Leeds United get a mention, and it’s stated Marcelo Bielsa has been keen on signing Raul de Tomas to help the Whites in their first season back in the top flight.
However, that Leeds United won’t be in European competition next season is seen as a big disadvantage.
This could all be hype being pushed by agents, given that when the 25 year old joined Espanyol the club were already struggling, so it’s not as though he was on a quest for European football then.
AS believe the asking price is around €23m, yet it’s pretty certain Espanyol would have to be reasonable with their demands. Raul de Tomas doesn’t fancy playing second division football in Spain, and the club can’t carry his wages.