Leeds could sign a left-back compared to 2010s Bale for just £3.5million

Leeds United have been linked with Valencia’s Jesus Vazquez in recent weeks.

Speculation linking the two sides initially surfaced in November, according to Sport Witness.

Earlier this week, El Desmarque reported that Los Blancos are looking to loan the 19-year-old out.

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Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has used Pascal Struijk as an auxiliary left-back in Junior Firpo’s absence.

Meanwhile, Firpo’s fitness issues have meant he has only featured twice in the Premier League this season.

With that in mind, it makes sense for Leeds to consider reinforcements at left-back.

Now, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, Los Blancos may be able to land Vazquez permanently.

The Italian outlet – via Sport Witness – have suggested that Valencia could now consider a sale.

GDM claim Torino are also keen on the Spaniard and are ‘keeping a close eye’ on him ahead of the January window.

Valencia are asking for €4-5m (£3.5-4.4m) and Torino are ‘working to buy him outright’, the report added.

Given previous reports mentioning Leeds’ interest in a loan deal, it suggests Valencia may have changed their minds.

“A coolness that belies his years”

Leeds would sign a top talent in Vazquez if they can beat Torino on his services.

He made his breakthrough at Valencia last season and has already registered 22 competitive appearances.

Earlier this year, Breaking the Lines compared Vazquez to Gareth Bale when he played at left-back for Spurs.

“Watching him is like watching Gareth Bale from his left-back days at Tottenham,” they wrote.

“He is over 6ft like Centelles and carries the ball in forward positions like Bale used to do.

“He even looks like that Bale from the early 2010s with the hairstyle.

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“There is something different about the way he defends 1v1 or holds off the markers while moving with the ball.

“He doesn’t look as quick as Bale, or before him, but he manages to cover a lot of ground smartly.

“He also seems to be a significantly better dribbler than any of Valencia’s left-backs before him, unafraid to take on players, with a composure that belies his years.

“While most other left-backs preferred to go outside and whip crosses or play smart cuts, Jesús prefers to go inside with the ball at his feet.

“He likes to play in that more crowded area and open up the space in his own way, either by dribbling or by combining with his teammates.

“Based on the way he plays, we could see him following Bale’s trajectory of playing in more advanced roles in the future.”

A talent like Vazquez for less than £5m would be a bargain. However, Leeds need to move fast as Torino appear to be ahead in the race.

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