Leeds United are set to announce the arrival of young spanish midfielder Alejandro Machuca, who will initially link up with the clubs development squad.
The 19 year old will arrive from Rayo Vallecano, and is a Real Madrid academy graduate. Machuca is well thought of at the second tier spanish side, and played frequently on the wing in their under 21 side. Because of his impressive performances, Vallecano were hoping to extend his current contract but after hearing about Leeds’ interest have chosen to cash in.
The teenager has all but confirmed his arrival on his instagram account (@machuca7) posting his airplane flight to England, and more recently posting photos of him in the new Leeds United training kit at Thorpe Arch. The deal is expected to be officially confirmed within the next 24 hours, and Machuca will become the second development squad signing after Madger Gomes’ arrived from Liverpool two weeks ago.
Machuca’s sports agency describes the player as ‘a footballer that can play both as a winger or as an attacking midfielder. He is very skilled when dribbling, and is very difficult to stop when dribbling at top speed.’.
Leeds’ new director of football Victor Orta, as well as board member Ivan Bravo, have a wide range of spanish contacts, and the club has recently set up a european scouting network with the help of Orta. This has seen the club bring in three spaniards so far in the transfer window; Madger Gomes and Alejandro Machuca initially for the under 23 side, and £3million Samu Saiz for the first team, as well as appoint a new spanish head coach in Thomas Christiansen. Out of the total of nine signings made by the club this transfer window, seven have come from abroad.