Preston wanted Xavi Quintilla but work permit issues scrapped the deal – and he has now joined Santa Clara in Portugal.
North End have been desperately chasing a new left wing back additions this summer and finally have a signing there.
Preston announced the signing of Robbie Brady on Monday evening, landing the Irishman on a free transfer after leaving Bournemouth.
Brady will provide quality on the ball and vast experience if fit enough to play regularly, but he wasn’t the first left wing back Preston chased.
Preston wanted Xavi Quintilla
North End had a look at Xavi Quintilla too, a player who shares something with Brady in the fact that both played for Norwich City.
The Spaniard spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Norwich from Villarreal before heading on loan to Leganes last season.
Preston chased a deal for the Spaniard and whilst he was keen to join, he didn’t quality for a work permit to play in England.
That left Preston looking elsewhere and ultimately going for Brady and Quintilla has now made a move of his own.
Portuguese top-flight club Santa Clara have announced the signing of Quintilla on a two-year deal.
A glowing press release described Quintilla as ‘fast’ and ‘extremely hard working’ whilst praising his intelligence.
Quintilla will now battle with Mansur and Paulo Henrique to become Santa Clara’s starting left back next season.
Santa Clara finished seventh in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season, just eight points shy of Europa Conference League action.
The hope is that Quintilla can help Santa Clara take big step forward this coming season and land them a European spot.
Quintilla will always be one of those ‘what could have been’ moments for Preston, and we will now see how he fares in Portugal with a move to Preston now officially off the table.