Leeds tried to sign Jese Rodriguez in January window


Leeds United made an attempt to sign Paris Saint-Germain attacker Jese Rodriguez during the January transfer window, according to El Desmarque.

What’s the story, then?

Leeds sent a message to the entire Championship by bringing Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to the club during the winter transfer window.

According to El Desmarque, the Whites were desperate to follow Casilla’s capture with the signing of Jese, but could not get the deal over the line.

The report has claimed that the Championship outfit ‘fought until the end’ to bring the Spaniard to Elland Road.

However, Jese ultimately joined La Liga outfit Real Betis on loan for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.

The 25-year-old’s career has seriously stalled in recent years, but it would have been some story if Leeds had managed to bring him to the second tier of English football.

What has happened to Jese’s career?

Once regarded as one of the best young talents in Spanish football, Jese came through the youth system at Real Madrid before making his first-team debut for the club in 2011.

The attacker went on to make 94 appearances for Los Blancos – winning two Champions League titles in the process – before moving to PSG in August 2016.

Jese has only made 15 first-team appearances for the French giants, however, spending time out on loan with Las Palmas and Stoke City over the last couple of seasons.

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The Spaniard still has plenty of time to forge a successful career, though, and will be looking to impress for Betis before returning to PSG this summer.

Leeds, meanwhile, are chasing a return to the Premier League. And who knows, securing promotion to the top tier might leave the club in a better position to move again for Jese in this summer’s transfer window.