Leeds United have failed in their attempts to bring Villarreal’s Alfonso Pedraza back to the club according to a report from Spanish publication AS.
The 21-year-old winger moved on loan to Leeds during the January transfer window and was a player that the West Yorkshire side were keen to keep around. There was an £8.5m release clause in his contract would become active should Leeds have got promoted to the Premier League, though that would not work out after they finished 7th in the Sky Bet Championship.
While Leeds would no longer be able to sign him on a permanent deal because they could not afford the asking price now that they were in the Championship for another year, they were still interested in bringing Pedraza back to Elland Road and made an offer to sign him on loan. However that bid has now been rejected by the Spanish side as they have different plans for the youngster.
With there being a belief at the club Pedraza might be able to break into their first team, they would rather that he go out on loan to a team in the La Liga so he can used to the style compared to the very different way football is played in the Championship. And it seems like he may complete a move very soon as this report says several Spanish teams have got in contact with Villarreal already as they look to complete their own moves for Pedraza. That means a return to Leeds seems dead in the water.