Leeds United are looking to add another striker this summer to help Patrick Bamford in attack and according to reports, they have found a perfect option in Spanish footballer Raul De Tomas.
However, the Whites would have to pay a hefty sum for the 25-year-old who carries a £20 million price-tag and a potential £100,000-a-week wage (as per Diario AS).
De Tomas joined the Real Madrid youth academy in 2004 and later gave good performances for the club’s reserve teams.
The Spain U19 international went on to enjoy good loan spells at Cordoba, Real Valladolid, and Rayo Vallecano.
During his time in Madrid, football legend Zinedine Zidane was attentive to the progress of the 25-year-old, and later when the striker reached the end of his loan spell at Los Vallecanos, the 48-year-old manager heaped praises on the player.
“He’s a player that I coached when he was with Castilla and he’s got no shortage of talent,” Zidane said. “Perhaps what he was missing was the opportunity to play for a top-flight team and he’s doing very well and has scored a lot of goals this season. He links up well with his teammates, knows how to play good football and I’m really happy for him. I got on well with him during my time in charge of Castilla”.
There were reports at the time that the Los Merengues’ boss was ready to give him an opportunity in the first team as a back-up to Karim Benzema, however, the forward landed at Benfica in the summer of 2019.
After enduring a difficult time in Lisbon, he returned to his country and signed for Espanyol in January.
Seeing that the Blanquiazules have been relegated to the second tier, the Peacocks are trying to secure the services of De Tomas in order to bolster their ranks for playing in the Premier League.