Leeds sign Spanish goalkeeper Robles on a free
Joel Robles, a former Everton and Wigan goalkeeper, has joined Leeds United on a free transfer.
The Premier League club had been looking for an experienced shot-stopper this summer, and they have now signed the 32-year-old on a one-year deal.
Robles became Jesse Marsch’s seventh signing of the current transfer window when Leeds confirmed the deal on Tuesday morning. The club released a short video clip on their official Twitter account in which Robles expressed his joy at returning to England.
Ex-Man United star becomes Leeds priority target
Juan Mata is expected to join Leeds United in the summer after turning down several ‘important offers’ from other clubs.
Mata appeared in 285 games for Manchester United over an eight-and-a-half year period, scoring 51 goals and providing 47 assists. The attacking midfielder is now a free agent after his contract with Manchester United expired earlier this summer.
In July, Spanish outlet AS reported that Leeds were in talks with Mata about a surprise move to Elland Road.
The player’s entourage appears to be eager to make the transfer a reality. Mata is also willing to accept a significant pay cut to join Jesse Marsch’s team.
He earned £160,000 per week at Manchester United. However, this is out of reach for Leeds, so the playmaker will have to settle for at least 50% less if he is to sign.
According to CaughtOffside, the Spanish newspaper Marca has provided an update. According to them, Mata had offers from Major League Soccer and some ‘exotic countries.’
He does, however, intend to stay in Europe for at least another couple of seasons. As a result, these “important offers” have been postponed.
Leeds’ July proposal to Mata’s agent and father is now the only one that exists. This puts the Whites in pole position to sign Mata, giving the 34-year-old the opportunity to continue his Premier League career.
Juan Mata is on his way to Leeds.
Mata’s future will be decided in the coming weeks, according to Marca. While other clubs are expected to make a move for the Spaniard, Leeds are in a strong position because they are his transfer priority.
While Mata is past his prime, it would be an exciting signing for the West Yorkshire club.
Mata is a serial winner, having won the World Cup, European Championship, and Champions League during his glittering career.
The veteran star would be an excellent addition to the locker room. If he is benched, he never causes a problem. In addition, he would be able to work with players like Brenden Aaronson and Luis Sinisterra to help them improve.
Then there’s Mata’s influence on the field. He is a quality ball player with the ability to put in lethal set pieces, which Patrick Bamford could thrive on.
During his final years at Old Trafford, the playmaker was reduced to rare substitute appearances. While he will not play in every Leeds match, Mata is expected to play more frequently for the Whites.
To facilitate the transfer, Leeds manager Victor Orta only needs to meet Mata’s demands. This includes a decent wage, probably around £70k-80k per week for the next two years. This is how long Mata wants to play at the highest level before retiring or moving to the MLS.
Meanwhile, Leeds could sign Arnaud Kalimuendo as a replacement for Mata after PSG decided to sell the French striker.
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