Clotet makes £8.5m Leeds transfer revelation, Radrizzani key to deal

By Alex Stevens

Pep Clotet has revealed that Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani was key to the club landing Alfonso Pedraza in the January window.

The Elland Road assistant coach claimed Radrizzani made use of a “relationship” with La Liga club Villarreal to smooth through the signing of the Spanish winger.

Villarreal’s Pedraza joined Leeds on deadline day on a loan deal that runs for the remainder of the season after he cut short his season-long loan to second-tier outfit Lugo.

It was reported at the time that Leeds paid a loan charge of £300,000 to secure the transfer of the Spain Under-21 international.

Spanish news outlet Marca claim the Championship big hitters are obliged to buy Pedraza for £8.5million if they secure promotion to the Premier League in May.

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Spaniard Clotet gave some background detail to the 20-year-old’s arrival and explained how the foundations were first laid last summer.

“When we were in Swansea, as we did not have resources there like other Premier League teams, we had to develop a good strategy to control the market, Spain, France, Germany and the Netherlands,” Clotet told Marca.

“And when we came to Leeds, we collected all the data, and there we were already aiming for Pedraza, we analysed the games, we wanted a wide player on loan. In summer, we mentioned it, but we brought Hadi Sacko.”

Clotet explained how Radrizzani, who was confirmed last month as the new joint-owner of Leeds along with Massimo Cellino, played a major role in pushing through Pedraza’s arrival.

“At Christmas, the new owner, Andrea Radrizzani, revealed a relationship he had with Villarreal. And this name (Pedraza) appeared. We knew that he had physical potential, level of improvement, we asked a lot on a personal level and everyone gave us very positive opinions,” added Clotet to Marca.

Pedraza has made two appearances for Leeds since his arrival, as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield and a starting role in the subsequent 2-0 loss to Cardiff.

The winger has been an unused sub in the last two matches, a 2-1 win over Bristol City and a 1-1 draw at Ipswich.

In other Leeds news, the club are eying a stunning triple transfer swoop as three players headed into the training ground.

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