Leeds United could sign former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida, according to latest reports.
The Spaniard used to be a bright talent in Arsenal’s academy, but is only heard of in “where are they now?” features these days. According to The Sun, high-flying Championship side Leeds could bring him back to England.
Merida joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a teenager in a move that caused controversy. The then-teenage talent was sued by the Catalan clubs and forced to pay them £2.1m.
He impressed in the Arsenal Reserves and was described by Arsene Wenger as an “amazing player”. The midfielder’s most notable goal for the club was a screamer against Liverpool in the League Cup in 2008.
Merida joined Atletico Madrid in 2010 and made 30 appearances in two years before leaving for Braga in Portugal. Since then, he’s struggled to settle at a club.
He barely played for Braga, had a short stint at Spanish club Hercules and then made an unorthodox move to Atletico Paranaense in Brazil. The 27-year-old finally settled at Huesca before moving to current club Osasuna.
I feel Merida is a prime example of a young player not meeting expectations, but he could yet make an impact in England should he join Leeds and help them get promoted to the Premier League.