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Leeds United eye Óscar Mingueza after Raphinha transfer decision

As Raphinha prepares to depart, Leeds have much to think about as the final run-in approaches.

FC Barcelona v CA Osasuna - La Liga Santander
Óscar Mingueza in action for Barca against Osasuna.
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Leeds United’s battle for safety is one that may define the club’s future for the coming decade, and a huge factor is the sale of Raphinha, who has reportedly agreed terms with Barcelona.

Fabrizio Romano revealed that the Brazilian has a £75 million release clause if The Whites stay in The Premier League, and a £25 million clause if not, which adds a huge factor in the rebuild of Leeds’ squad under Jesse Marsch.

Spanish outlet, Sport, report that Leeds have asked Barcelona about the possibility of including Óscar Mingueza as part of the deal, who has seen fewer minutes under Xavi’s new reign.

The 22-year-old has played just 789 minutes (under nine full matches) in La Liga this season, grabbing one assist, while he got his other assist in his one Copa del Rey appearance. Mingueza is primarily a centre-back but can also play on either side as a full-back, breaking out from La Masia last season, scoring two and assisting two from 32 appearances in La Liga and The Champions League.

Despite loan interest from Valencia and Bordeaux, Barca opted to keep Mingueza for the rest of the season, and Mingueza himself did not want to leave. But things seem to have changed, and the possibility of a loan our purchase is now on the table.