Premier League side Leeds United are ready to compete with Barcelona for the signing of Celta Vigo left-back Javi Galan.
According to Mundo Deportivo (via Sports Witness), Leeds United are among clubs interested in signing 27-year-old left-back Javi Galan this summer. They will, however, have to fend off interest from Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
Los Blancos were also reportedly interested in Galan last summer, with Sevilla, but Celta Vigo managed to sign the full-back from Huesca for €4m, beating all competition. Leeds instead took the initiative and brought in Junior Firpo from Barcelona for 15 million euros.
The Celta Vigo full-back has fitted in perfectly at the club, not taking time to assert his authority. He has started all but one league game for the Spanish side and has three assists to his name. The former Huesca star is technically astute, reads the game well and is defensively solid, making him an interesting prospect to have.
Galan will still have four years left on his contract after the current season. This makes things quite tricky for interested parties to convince Celta Vigo to sell him. He is also one of the first names on the squad roster, the club consider him a valuable asset and are not willing to let him go.
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With Barcelona, Atletico and Sevilla showing interest from Spain, Leeds are trying to lure the full-back to England. Junio Firpo’s transfer from Barcelona hasn’t worked out the way Leeds would have hoped and are eager to compete at full-back. Galan has been identified as a possible option but Leeds will have to work very hard to make the move happen.
Barcelona are looking for a long-term replacement for their first-choice left-back Jordi Alba after selling Firpo to Leeds last summer. Many names have been linked with a move to Camp Nou, with Galan also emerging as an option being considered by manager Xavi Hernandez.
With Atletico Madrid and Sevilla also in the hunt, along with Barcelona and Leeds, the race to sign Galan appears to be heating up ahead of the summer window. It remains to be seen whether the Whites are able to beat the competition from Spanish sides and land the 27-year-old.