Leeds hit with setback in pursuit of Real Madrid star on transfer wish list
Leeds United have been informed by Real Madrid that they will only be able to sign target Miguel Gutierrez on loan, with no permanent arrangement featuring in any deal.
TEAMtalk revealed last month that the Whites were looking into a move for the starlet to support the versatile Stuart Dallas. Dallas has played at right-back, left-back and in midfield for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season. With Ezgjian Alioski yet to sign a new contract and a summer move away looking likely, Leeds are looking at potential candidates to challenge Dallas next season.
Gutierrez is one option they are keen on, with the Yorkshire outfit open to a loan move with a view to a permanent deal.
However, as per El Espanol, via Sport Witness, Los Blancos have outlined that they have no interest in letting the 19-year-old leave for pastures new. The option of a loan move appears uncertain, but is still a possibility, though.
This uncertainty is because Madrid are unsure on their left-sided defensive options for next season.
Ferland Mendy has been the first choice left-back for Zinedine Zidane this campaign. He is likely going to be for 2021/22 too.
In addition, Marcelo will be entering the last year of his contract. It is unclear whether he will play the back-up role that he has this season.
It’s reported that Gutierrez is highly rated by the Spanish giants, so much so that they have no interest in activating the buyback clause in Sergio Reguilon’s contract with Tottenham.
Therefore, they might opt to keep him at the Bernabeu and give him minutes instead of the ageing Marcelo.
He has already made three LaLiga appearances, all of which have come from the bench in recent weeks, which might be an indication that he is in Zidane’s plans for next season.
Bielsa set for battle for Faivre
Meanwhile, Leeds have also learned the asking price to sign talented French midfielder Romain Faivre this summer. But they now face strong competition from up to five big-name European suitors for his signature.
The Brest midfielder has been earmarked as a possible summer recruit by Bielsa. Faivre has enjoyed a brilliant season in Ligue 1, with six goals and five assists to his name.
His performances for Les Pirates have certainly been turning heads. Back in January, it was reported that Manchester United were keeping tabs on him.
However, if Leeds are to win the race, they face strong competition for his signature.
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