Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Abdessamad Ezzalzouli to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by Spanish publication Sport (via Sport Witness), who claim that the Barcelona winger is a player Victor Orta has mentioned as a potential makeweight in negotiations between the two parties for the proposed transfer of Raphinha.
However, the report goes on to state that Xavi has informed the 20-year-old that he will be a part of his first-team squad next season – something that could stand in the way of a potential switch to Elland Road this summer.
Orta’s next Raphinha
Considering the sheer amount of potential Ezzalzouli – commonly known as Ez Abde – quite clearly possesses, it is not difficult to understand why Orta is looking to include the winger as a part of Raphinha’s all but confirmed move to the Camp Nou this summer.
Indeed, the £12.5m-rated talent burst onto the Barcelona scene this season, making ten La Liga appearances – six of which came as starts – for the Catalan side, over which the 20-year-old scored one goal and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.6 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing a quite remarkable 3.4 dribbles per game.
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These metrics saw the £3k-per-week sensation average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.90, ranking him as Barca’s joint 15th-best player in the league – outperforming the likes of Adama Traore, Gavi, Sergi Roberto and Philippe Coutinho.
The forward also caught the eye over his 20 Primera Division R.F.E.F. outings for Barcelona B this term, bagging two goals and registering seven assists for Sergi Barjuan’s side.
Furthermore, following the winger’s emphatic finish in a 2-2 draw with CA Osasuna back in December, Xavi heaped a considerable amount of praise on the former Hercules CF starlet, with the 42-year-old stating:
“Extraordinary Abde, Gavi and Nico [Gonzalez]. They are supporting the team in difficult moments. The effort is extraordinary. Young people make a difference and that is difficult to digest. It is positive and negative, because they will not always perform excellently because they are young.
“Abde’s game is spectacular, and also Nico and Gavi’s. Abde is a differential player. He can make a difference, it is not because of the goal. He is a dagger. A marvel. It is a surprise. It is great news. They are making the difference in a tremendous way.”
As such, considering his undoubted ability with the ball at his feet, his abundant creativity and his deadly eye for goal, should Orta indeed manage to convince Barcelona to part with the 20-year-old this summer, the Spaniard could well have unearthed his next Raphinha – as Abde certainly looks to possess the potential to make a huge impact in England next season.