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Leeds: Victor Orta interested in Jesús Vázquez

Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Jesús Vázquez to Elland Road in the January transfer window.

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That’s according to a report by Spanish media outlet Radio Marca Valencia (via Sport Witness), who claim that Victor Orta is targeting the Valencia CF left-back ahead of launching a potential move for the 19-year-old in the winter market.

However, a further report by Plaza Deportiva also revealed that Inter Milan and AZ Alkmaar are also interested in the Spain U19 international, with Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) suggesting that the former have been given the green light for a loan-to-buy deal for the defender by the LaLiga side.

Exciting prospect

While it is true that Vázquez has not had a great deal of time to impress at senior level due to both club captain José Gayà and Toni Lato being ahead of the teenager in Gennaro Gattuso’s left-back pecking order at the Mestalla, considering just how exciting a talent the 19-year-old looks to be, it is not hard to understand why Orta would be keen on a deal for the youngster.

Indeed, Vázquez first started to catch the eye over his 15 LaLiga appearances – only eight of which came as starts – last season, with the £8.7m-rated talent helping his side keep two clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 1.6 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 0.9 clearances and winning 4.6 duels – at a success rate of 52% – per game.

The Spaniard also impressed going forwards, making an average of 0.4 key passes, taking 0.3 shots and completing a whopping 1.7 dribbles per fixture – with FBref ranking the teenager in the top 1% of full-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for dribbles completed over the last 365 days.

Furthermore, the defender also turned in a show-stopping display in Valencia’s 3-0 Copa del Rey victory over CD Utrillas earlier this season, with Vázquez making four tackles and winning 11 of his 13 duels, as well as making one cross, playing one long ball and completing an astonishing seven dribbles against the Tercera Federación outfit.

As such, it is easy to see why Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig claimed that the teenager is the latest “exciting prospect” to come out of Valencia’s “left-back factory” – as it is evident that a player of the youngster’s ability is deserving of much more game time than his 149 minutes of football so far this season.

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And, with left-back having been something of a problem position for Jesse Marsch in 2022/23 – with centre-back Pascal Struijk being deployed on the left of the American’s backline due to the lack of fitness and poor form of Junior Firpo – it would appear likely that the Spanish sensation would receive considerably more first-team minutes at Elland Road.

Indeed, considering all of the above, it would seem an extremely wise move for Orta to match Inter’s offer reported loan-to-buy offer for the 19-year-old ahead of the January transfer window, as the defender’s switch to LS11 could well be a move that satisfies all parties involved.

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