Leeds United could potentially sign Barcelona centre-back Oscar Mingueza on loan this summer as part of a deal which could see Raphinha go the other way.
The Lowdown: Raphinha linked with Barca move
The future of the Elland Road winger is a major talking point at the moment, with the 25-year-old continually linked with a move away. Barcelona appear to be the current front-runners to snap up the Brazilian during the summer transfer window, should he decide to move on to pastures new.
It now looks as though one player could head in the opposite direction if the transfer materialises.
The Latest: Mingueza on loan?
According to Diario Sport, Mingueza could be used as a bargaining tool by Barcelona, allowing Leeds to sign him on loan if Raphinha heads to Camp Nou.
The 22-year-old defender has made eight La Liga starts so far this season but has struggled to oust the likes of Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia as a regular starter.
The Verdict: Good part of a potential deal
The hope is that Raphinha ends up remaining at Leeds beyond this summer, but if he does go to Barcelona, bringing in Mingueza could at least soften the blow a little for the Elland Road club.
The centre-back has one cap to his name for Spain, which highlights his pedigree; and with his current deal expiring in 2023, the Whites could even sign him permanently next summer if he impresses on loan.
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Leeds have been worryingly leaky at the back throughout the season, conceding 67 goals in 30 Premier League games, more than any other top-flight team, and Mingueza could come in as a dependable option to bolster Jesse Marsch’s defensive ranks, with the current crop proving all too easy to breach.
In other news, Fabrizio Romano has provided a key Leeds transfer update. Read more here.
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