Leeds send scouts to Spain to watch former Arsenal, Atletico man

Date published: Tuesday 26th September 2017 10:06 - Rob McCarthy

Former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida is a reported target for Championship pacesetters Leeds United.

Thomas Christiansen’s men are said to have sent scouts to Spain to watch the 27-year-old in action for Osasuna, who were relegated from La Liga last season, according to the report in The Sun.

Merida, who was a product of Barcelona’s youth academy, spent five years at Arsenal during which time he made only 16 first-team appearances.

He is remembered from his time at The Emirates by scoring a stunning goal as the Gunners beat Liverpool 2001 in the League Cup in 2009, before he joined Atletico Madrid on a free transfer in 2010.

The former Spain Under-21, who is in his second season at Osasuna, has scored twice in 25 appearances for the former La Liga outfit.

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