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Leeds United enquire over potential transfer of Barcelona star, with deal seen as easy win

Oscar Mingueza, Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona, January 2022.

Leeds United are reportedly ‘very interested’ in a deal for Barcelona defender Oscar Mingueza, and ‘everything indicates’ he could move on.

The Whites are in something of a tough spot off the back of a troublesome season. However, successive wins over Norwich and Wolves before the international break gives them some breathing distance at the foot of the table. Indeed, they currently sit seven points above the Premier League drop zone.

The Elland Road outfit though have fallen a long way below the high standards they set themselves last season. With Marcelo Bielsa’s free-flowing football at its best, Leeds secured a ninth-placed finish on their return to the top flight.

An injury crisis, among other factors, has led to the side failing to live up to the same standards. Indeed, Bielsa was sacked after a four-game losing streak, with a 4-0 home loss to Tottenham the final straw.

Leeds are beginning to turn things around under new boss Jesse Marsch. The American is beginning to stamp his mark on the side with his sligth tactical tweaks.

However, defensive instability remains a big concern, with Leeds having shipped 67 league goals this term – the most in the division.

As such, improving on that defence is a must moving forwards. Leeds appear to be aware of that, as they have identified a centre-back as a potential target.

Sport claims that the Whites are keen on Barcelona defender Mingueza, and have ‘asked about his situation’. The centre-back has made 61 appearances for La Blaugrana, though he has started just 13 games this season.

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With that being said, there could be a potential move away from Camp Nou on the cards.

While the 22-year-old has not had too much experience in senior football, he appears a capable defender. Indeed, Leeds feel he has the ‘ideal profile’ to succeed in the Premier League.

Mingueza move could be simple

Oscar Mingueza, Barcelona defender during LaLiga game against Elche

It appears as if a move from Barcelona could be a simple one for Mingueza. Since Xavi Hernandez took over, his game time has suffered.

The report states that his lack of minutes mean ‘everything indicates’ to a summer move.

Furthermore, the Spaniard is only under contract with Barca until next summer. As such, a deal could prove to be a cheap one for Leeds.

Another potential is that Mingueza is part of a deal for Raphinha, though Leeds will be keen to cling onto the Brazilian.

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