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Reported Leeds target Andres Guardado leads list of top Mexican players

Influential international is rated highly by observers of Mexican football

Portugal v Mexico: Play-Off for Third Place - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

Leeds United have been linked with an audacious move for Mexico international captain Andres Guardado according to reports out of Spain, and while many fans in England will not have heard of the Real Betis midfielder, he is considered one of the best Mexican footballers in the world at the moment, and will be counted on to lead his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Guardado was just ranked as the top Mexican player by Futmexnation.com, showing just how good of a player he is for both club and country. It isn’t surprising to see the Real Betis midfielder on top of a list of the top 25 Mexican players, although for many fans of El Tri and Mexican football find it a bit shocking that such an established player as Guardado would be linked with a Championship club, even as big of a club as Leeds United.

Guardado has been an established player on the Mexican national team for years now. The idea that Leeds would be in for a player of his stature is a bit surprising, as this would be similar to Leeds being linked with JuventusFrance national team midfielder Blaise Matuidi or Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.

Guardado, however, has spent much of his career in Europe, and while his form has improved recently at Betis, he was a summer transfer from PSV Eindhoven for what now seems like a bargain basement price of around €2 million. If the rumours are true, the reported offer from Leeds is around €6 million, which would be a great deal for Betis. Despite the riches of Barcelona and Real Madrid, most other La Liga clubs don’t have a very steady income stream, and a profit of €4 million on a player in half a season might be too much for Betis to turn down.

The wages on Guardado might be a sticking point, of course, as Guardado reportedly turned down a move to MLS and LAFC to sign in Spain this past summer, but clearing the wages of Chris Wood off the books in August, combined with the substantial transfer fee that Leeds received for him, might make a move for Guardado surprisingly affordable. Of course, with the Spanish connection at Leeds, anything seems to be possible these days.