It has been reported for the last month or so that Leeds are strongly interested in Huesca attacking midfielder Samu Saiz, and now local outlet Aragon TV Deportes are stating that one of his teammates will also be making the switch to Elland Road.
The player in question is Venezuela international Alexander Gonzalez, who has played with Samu Saiz at Huesca since 2016. The 24 year old can play anywhere down the right flank, however is predominantly a winger; and has scored six goals at the spanish second division side in 51 appearances. Gonzalez has featured 43 times for his national side, and featured in last years Copa America.
The transfer of Gonzalez to Leeds could be a reason to why the Saiz deal has taken so long, as well as the fact that Saiz is co-owned by both his parent club Huesca and former club Atletico Madrid- making negotiations difficult as three parties are involved in the transfer. The €3.5million deal is still expected to take place, with the 26 year old now set to be accompanied with Gonzalez.
Huesca’s season finished less than three weeks ago, with the club reaching the Liga 123 (spanish second tier) play-offs. It was an impressive season for the club, which resulted in their highest league position in their history. A victory in their final game would have secured them La Liga status next season, however Saiz and Gonzalez could not prevent them coming to a 3-0 loss to Granada. Because of the seasons late finish, Saiz is currently away in Miami on a week long holiday which he is set to return from on Sunday.
New head coach Thomas Christensen confirmed to LUTV that new arrivals are imminent, some of which may arrive before Saturday’s friendly away to Guiseley. The club have already signed Vurnon Anita and Felix Wiedwald in the last few weeks. The former APOEL man may have been referring to Saiz and Gonzalez; but it will all be revealed in the coming days.