Leeds United were linked with a move for Alaves’ former Champions League winger Ibai Gomez in the early stages of this season. Now, it is being reported that Leeds will return for the Spaniard, with Marcelo Bielsa eyeing up an offer.
According to Spanish paper AS, Leeds United are weighing up a move for Alaves winger Ibai Gomez.
United were heavily linked with a move for the playmaker before, and now, links between Gomez and The Whites are re-emerging. He reportedly has a 10 million Euro release clause in his contract, but it will only take four million to prize him away from Alaves, with his contract ending at the end of this season.
Gomez – despite remaining undecided on his future – insists that the first team he will listen to will be current side Alaves, where he has spent the last two seasons after joining in 2016.
The 28-year-old started his career at Basque side Santutxu, where he spent his youth career before spending one season with Sesta River club, scoring eight goals in 36 games. Before joining the senior team at Bilbao, Gomez played 19 games for their B-team, Bilbao Athletic, where the Spaniard scored 12 goals and picked up 2 assists.
Gomez went on to spend six years with Athletic Bilbao, playing 145 games, scoring 17 times and assisting 23 goals. He also played 26 times in both the Champions League and the Europa League, helping the Basque Country side get to the Europa League final in 2012, where they lost to fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid 3-0.
He has impressed so far for Alaves this season, scoring three and assisting two in fifteen League games so far.
However, United will have to go head to head with a number of clubs. Premier League side Leicester City are reported to be interested in the winger, with La Liga sides Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo also rumoured to have watched him in recent weeks.