Leeds reach ‘total agreement’ on striker deal as player gives his word

Date published: Thursday 28th January 2021 7:08 - James Marshment

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Leeds are expected to confirm the departure of little-seen striker Rafa Mujica in the coming days with an agreement reached over his sale.

United signed the player on a three-year contract in July 2019. That followed the expiration of his deal at Barcelona.

Mujica did get an early run out for the first team when coming on as a substitute in a 5-0 pre-season friendly win over York.

But a month on from his 2019 move to Elland Road, Mujica was loaned to Extremadura UD in the Spanish Segunda Division.

He later joined Villarreal on loan before making another move in Spain. That was a season-long loan in August 2020 to Real Oviedo.

The 22-year-old has failed to make an impact however. He’s been given just 50 minutes in Spain’s second tier and Oviedo are happy for him to leave.

Last week it emerged that Mujica could find a new home with Segunda Liga side Las Palmas.

And now Radio Marca Lanzarote has confirmed that a ‘total agreement’ has been reached with Leeds over his permanent exit.

Furthermore, they state that Mujica has ‘given his word’ to joining Las Palmas following several weeks of negotiations. And they state the deal should be formally announced before the weekend.

It’s reported that Las Palmas will announce the deal once Pietro Iemmello’s exit from the club has been finalised.


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Erick Pulgar ponders Leeds approach

Leeds, meanwhile, are reported to be one of three clubs keen on a deal for Erick Pulgar.

Erick Pulgar

Signing a new midfielder remains high on Marcelo Bielsa’s wishlist. However, the Elland Road chief admitted last week that any new signings are likely to now wait until the summer.

Fiorentina star Pulgar is currently assessing his choices amid uncertainty over his future in Florence.

And Italian outlet La Nazione (via Sport Witness) is also wanted by Italian sides Cagliari and Sassuolo.

The report adds that Fiorentina “aren’t sure about letting him go for two reasons”.

No club has yet offered the player’s valuation of €13m (£11.47m). The lack of time to sign a replacement is also an issue.

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