Leeds United have completed their first signing of the January transfer window, albeit one for the future. The deal for Espanyol striker Mateo Joseph Fernandez has been agreed for a few months now, but finally got done as the 18-year-old signs a three-and-a-half-year deal.
The fee is undisclosed, though is thought to be no more than his release clause of £1.3m, with the teenager entering the final six months of his deal at Espanyol.
ACUERDO— Diego Balbontin (@diegobalbontin) November 19, 2021
@RCDEspanyol y @LUFCes acercan posturas y cierran el traspaso de Mateo Joseph
✍ A falta de firma, que se producirá en las próximas horas, el Cántabro jugará en Inglaterra a partir del 1 de enero. pic.twitter.com/6kduySHMtT
The Whites seemingly beat Barcelona, Liverpool, and Manchester City to the signing of Fernandez, who scored 14 goals in 21 appearances for the Espanyol under-19s last season, and 44 goals in 56 games overall between under-16s and under-19s.
Fernandez was highly-rated by Espanyol, as he was due to join up with the first team in pre-season, had he signed a new deal with the La Liga side. Barcelona tried to make a move for him in the summer, but ultimately didn’t meet the asking price.