Leeds United’s potential move for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vázquez has been handed a major boost after the player decided to leave the Spanish giants this summer.
Vázquez was linked with a move to Elland Road last week, with it explained that they were the ‘first team to take an interest’ in signing the Spaniard this summer.
They detailed how the Whites were willing to offer Vázquez €5m per year, which would be a significant upgrade on the €3m he currently earns at the Bernabeu.
At the time, it was not clear whether Vázquez had yet decided to leave Real Madrid, meaning Leeds were very much on the peripheral waiting to see what would happen.
There has now been a major development, according to COPE, who say the player ‘has already decided that he will pack his bags’ and leave Madrid in the summer.
According to them, cited by Fichajes.com, the footballer had ‘adopted this firm stance’ after learning that Madrid do not intend to improve their offer of a new three-year deal without a pay increase.
That is something Vázquez is not ‘satisfied’ with, and he has already made the decision to ‘seek new horizons’ once his contract in Madrid comes to an end.
With that decided, he will ‘be able to study in more detail’ the offers from the clubs that have shown an interest in signing him, which would include Leeds.
They are not the only ones interested, with AC Milan, Manchester United, Tottenham and Atlético Madrid all cited by Fichajes as clubs taking a look.
That should not put off Leeds, though, particularly if they are keen to offer the Spaniard a significant increase on his wages, which appears to be the main reason he’s decided to bow out of Madrid.